Hanging File Box

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Project by sansoo22 posted 12-13-2019 04:42 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas gift I made last year and finally got around to posting now. My sister wanted a nice decorative semi-rustic box for all of here files. One of my nieces has some medical issues and so my sister wanted a place to keep all of the paper work that looked nicer than a plastic one.

It’s made from old grove heart pine my dad and i reclaimed from aunt’s house before we tore it down. Both the bottom and the lid are felt lined just because I could. The maple inlays in the top were the result of the fact i cant math. This wood isn’t easy to come by so I didn’t want to waste any and I would have been rushing to get a new lid built by Christmas day so I improvised.

All of the hardware was aged to give it more of a “rustic” look. Its not my personal choice for style and its a quite simple project but she liked it and thats what counts. This is also my first box I’ve made that was finished entirely with hand planes. I didnt use any sand paper on this whole thing. Just a stanely 4, 5 and 60-1/2 as those were the only planes I owned at the time. Its not as glass smooth as i can do now since i was also learning how to use hand planes when I built it.

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

Beside the options being an unattractive plastic, or metal, it’s not easy to find a nice functional enclosure that is just one drawer in size. Your custom alternative is a cross between custom, and Campaign furniture, either way it’s much nicer than a plastic tub.

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#2 posted 12-13-2019 05:54 PM

Great save on the lid!

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#3 posted 12-13-2019 06:02 PM

Steven – I actually had to google campaign furniture. Had i known the term ahead of time i would have picked different hardware and gone farther into that style. I need a good book with lots of nice photos for different styles of furniture.

Butcher – the breadboards ends were also a first for me. Did tons of research before adding them to make sure I did it right and then cut my rabbet the full width of the breadboard….derp. After the panic attack I decided why not try inlays cuz I need another first.

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#4 posted 12-13-2019 06:16 PM

Wooden files are the best and this is a great example of one. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-13-2019 09:36 PM

Nice box & good that you could reuse some wood from your Aunt’s house.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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