Boxguy Saves The Day

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Project by Joe posted 07-21-2019 08:17 PM 510 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever been in the shop working on project longer than you should ? Your tired, you know you should quit, and yet you keep going, just a little further. And then something goes wrong. Thank goodness it was just a box and not my fingers.

I was trying out a new mortising jig (for small box hinges) that I made from a YouTube video, (which does’t work so well) and I put the jig on the front of the box instead of the back. It was late, I was tired, I should have known better. So I emailed Alan and asked for help. He has the right sanders, the right mortise making machines and hinges, and most of all the knowledge to correct my mistakes. He knew just what to do. Plus he had the idea of putting a thin angled bandsaw kerf in the top of the box to hold the recipe card in place while your cooking. A great idea.

To all of you who get tired in the shop, stop, take a break, or call it a day, and Stay Safe and not sorry. I was fortunate to such a gifted friend as Alan to save the day.

Maple sides, Ambrosia Maple top, gray pine splines, and laser engraved

Thank You For Looking, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 07-21-2019 08:40 PM

Nice box, glad all is well. I can related to the hazards of fatuige have had a few brushes with near misses. The advice you gave is Spot on, better to rest that to repair or worse have to get get mended at the ER.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 07-21-2019 08:46 PM

If Sarah is your wife, it looks like you may get a great meal as a thank you for such a beautiful recipe card holder

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-22-2019 02:38 AM

Thanks Joe. That looks exactly like something my daughter wants me to build for her. That’s a definite winner and a great way to use up some of my leftovers.

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#4 posted 07-22-2019 04:38 AM

Hey, Joe, you did a great job on this box. Thanks for the shout out. This recipe box is beautiful. That blue background really adds to these well done photos.

Just so everyone in Lumberland is clear, Joe helps me on my projects too. At the moment, he is helping me make cherry molding for a project. The process involves breaking down some large, long, boards that I have had in the shop for over 30 years. Having Joe as a second pair of hands has been a big help as the boards are unwieldy at the start of the process. Joe also helped me make a cherry handrail and some steps last month. So, helping is a two-way process.

Joe, you are right, it is easy to stay too long at the fair. I have a bruise on my belly this week to prove it. Making poor decisions in the shop can be hazardous. Keep building and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 07-23-2019 01:09 PM

Nice to have friends to help when needed!
Great looking recipe box. The “holder” on top is a neat detail. Could you share what finish you used?

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#6 posted 07-30-2019 07:10 AM

What a lovely little stand! I reckon that a number of chefs in the kitchen could really enjoy something like this if they enjoying coming up with their own recipes and concoctions. Seems like a good motivator to help to organize them to rewrite and organize all the bits and scraps of paper they now have!

-- Thomas Maloney @

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