my First ( and only ) box made to date

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Hi all, As the title says, this is ( so far) the only box I have made. I actually made this a couple years ago. I hope that’s ok for posting. I love making smaller projects, but my honey do list is mostly for larger projects ( book cases, bedroom furniture, things like that ) so I was thrilled when the Mrs. asked for a keepsake box. I looked at tons of pictures and kind of picked out the details I liked. The wood was black walnut, a couple of boards I picked up locally and for the top insert a cutoff of a piece of air dried black walnut I had bought years ago for another project. So, to the build. There are four main components, the lid, main body, feet and tray. The lid is mortise and floating tenon with a groove cut around and the insert floating.

The main body is mitered with square ” maple keys” for alignment and as a detail. Unlike most I do most of my miter work on the chop saw.

I finished the inside prier to assembly.

The feet ( bottom) are mitered together with hidden splines then routered to leave the ” feet” proud of the rest of the bottom.

The tray is maple and black walnut

The hinges were brusso. All told I loved making it and my wife was ecstatic. My only disappointment was the walnut board I picked up did not have the ” snap” of the air dried insert. I have since heard the colors of air dried walnut are much more vivid.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 12-03-2019 10:30 PM

wood is simply beautiful and built strong GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 12-03-2019 10:43 PM

looks great,it’s never too late to post a project,no time limit im aware of,got a few ive been wanting to post for a long time myself.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 12-04-2019 02:17 AM

Nice job! Lot’s of interesting details here.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-04-2019 02:46 AM

A fantastic job!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-04-2019 02:47 AM

I can’t stop looking at the top of that box. The dark line of that grain is absolutely perfect for a box lid. Nice job

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#6 posted 12-04-2019 03:11 AM

Walnut is a favorite and your use in this box is WOW…eye catching. Very nice gift with so many details.

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#7 posted 12-04-2019 09:22 AM

Happy wife = happy life.

Great build, built ram-tough.

Like your mitre station set-up too.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#8 posted 12-04-2019 10:38 AM

Thank you so much everyone for the kind comments, I really appreciate it. The top insert is, I think, crotch wood? It was a cut off from a board I used many years ago. I almost threw it out half a dozen times. Glad I didn’t. Here’s another picture of the inside of the box with the tray removed. The ” moose” can’t stop staring at it. LOL

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#9 posted 12-04-2019 11:41 AM

As someone with recent box making experience…I feel qualified to say…that is a awesome project. Nice. Want to come finish mine for me??? LOL

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 12-04-2019 02:40 PM

one beautiful box – the top is dynamite but the joinery and especially the FEET are a work of art. Thanks for sharing

-- 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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#11 posted 12-04-2019 02:49 PM

Its a good looking box with lots of nice detail. Good job on the miters, if I saw correctly you cut the 45’s two ways on your mitersaw. Thats not easy unless you have a dead accurate set up.

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#12 posted 12-04-2019 03:02 PM

Okay, the wood is beautiful and the execution perfect, but my main reaction is that is one strong box.

-- ShopCat

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#13 posted 12-04-2019 04:05 PM

Excellent build with good joinery, fantastic wood, overall a beautiful box. This is pretty amazing for your first box every, but from your photo workup and equipment, I gather your not a brand new wood woodworker. It would be very surprising if your wife didn’t love it.


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#14 posted 12-04-2019 05:48 PM

Very nice!

-- Pete

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#15 posted 12-04-2019 07:17 PM

Thanks again for the kind comments. All the joinery I used made the box strong, but what I was really thinking about when I did it that way was how much easier it was to keep all the components in alignment during glue up. My chop saw is a DW 705. It only tilts one way, so I was cutting miters on both end of the parts by flipping them. I had to get the saw right on 45 degrees, but I’m a retired tool and die maker so I have plenty of tooling to accurately measure and adjust angles. Did you notice the pink plastic shim stock in one of the pics? Although this was my only box ( so far) I’ve been wood working for 22+ years.

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