Thank You Box

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Project by littlecope posted 04-04-2021 01:59 PM 790 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a few people to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and I thought it would be a nice gesture to build them each a small “thank you” box… This is actually the third one in a series of five…
It was a really “back to the basics” build, the goals this time to “keep it simple” and to try to “get it right”... At the end of the day, I took my time (and it shows)... As ever, it’s not perfect, but neither is it’s maker
I have to admit, that building a box “my way”, has grown increasingly easier to achieve over the years, with the various machines I’ve acquired! The ideas and processes remain the same, just can be done simpler and faster…
Looking around the shop to start it, I found one of my oldest pieces of saved wood, a not-quite 20” x 3” Red Oak drawer side from an old bureau my Great-Grandmother had…

That drawer side became the box sides…

The top and bottom panels are from my most recent scavenging, a shipping crate from work was made entirely out of quality birch ply… I’ll take it! Lol

And lastly, the “Hardware” (hinges and finger pull) were made from a stick of left-over Cherry…

The hinges are a pair of simple, hidden-pin ones with integral lid-stops…

They might seem a little large for the box, but this little guy is heavy for it’s size!
Did I mention, that this is a small box??

Thanks for your interest, comments are always welcome and appreciated!
Oh, and Happy Easter :)

4 April 2021

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 04-04-2021 02:32 PM

Good looking box, the wooden hinges are a nice touch!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#2 posted 04-04-2021 02:41 PM

As, always, Mike, a beautiful build. You are the master of those wooden hinges. I am certain the recipients will cherish these gifts.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 04-04-2021 02:48 PM

Sweet box of salvaged materials.
The hinges are clever and well made.
Great work!

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#4 posted 04-04-2021 02:49 PM

Those hinges are amazing. Gives such a great woodworkers touch to it. The box is great and the hinges just make it amazing. Job well done. Some day I hope to be able to hinges like that. Great work sir.

-- ‎"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

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#5 posted 04-04-2021 02:56 PM

Great save on the materials. Love the design, and the hinges. Great work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 04-04-2021 03:18 PM

Nice little box – great use of salvage material

-- 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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#7 posted 04-04-2021 06:40 PM

I think scavenging wood is one of the most rewarding aspects of doing woodwork, apart from of course the satisfaction of “saving’ something from the firewood pile, especially if its a special piece.
Not forgetting of course the reward of achievement from within ones self.

Now below is a list from 1 to 5 of which it will be easy to add the names as as you progress through your return of kindness or debt of gratitude, which appears you may have forgotten to add.
And next time try not to be too much of a tease and make us guess just who the lucky person is/was and we will try to Patronise you more. ha ha hint hint

You also forgot something else of importance,... your Great Grandmathers phone number please !!

Oh and BTW excellent work !! 2 x thumbs up on the hinges.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 04-04-2021 06:41 PM

I like it. The best little boxes are the ones made from odds and ends. The finger joints and wooden hinges caught my eye.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 04-04-2021 09:10 PM

Thank you all very much!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 04-05-2021 12:15 AM

Great box, Mike and the price for material was very good!! Nice work on it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 04-05-2021 12:21 AM

Great box, the wood hindge is first class. A wonderful way to acknowledge and express gratitude.

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#12 posted 04-05-2021 01:10 AM

Great box and nice wooden hinges.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 04-05-2021 10:08 AM

Excellent. I’m liking the hinges!

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#14 posted 04-06-2021 12:07 AM

Mike, I see some great gratitude reaching out of the box you made. There’s nothing better than a hand made gift. I’m digging the hinges too.

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

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#15 posted 04-09-2021 11:40 AM

Hi Mike, wonderful to see a you at the wood again.
Fine little classic littlecope box, it will bring joy for sure.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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