Is there a 12 step program for Boxes?

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Project by NoTalentRookie posted 01-10-2011 04:06 AM 2548 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cause…I think I’m addicted.

This is my latest. Like most I make….the wood is scavenged from shipping pallets. I liked the way these two woods looked together.

I let the Rookie come out in me a little on this one. What should have been “assembly spacers”, got glued in by mistake. I don’t know what I was thinking. The pine on the inside should have been used temporally just to get the hinge pin alignment, and the front handle slot cut, but like an idiot, I glued them in. I should have used double sided tape to hold them, until I didn’t need them anymore.

Incidentally….the recipient won’t notice, or care, and I won’t point out the mistake to them, but I think Y’all can keep a secret. :-)

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 04:26 AM

Beautiful box.


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#2 posted 01-10-2011 06:03 AM

I quit pointing out flaws and most recipients think they are designed that way.
Your boxes are way cool.
Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 06:06 AM

Looks good, and great use of pallets.

-- Clay

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 06:09 AM

and the price of the wood is great

amazing what can be done
with it

your secret is safe

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 07:37 AM

Looks really nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 07:39 AM

Nice Box!!
I hinged a lid with pins only once, but had good luck with simply flipping the box upside down and hand-drilling the pivot holes… I was too lazy to make spacers… ;-)

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

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 10:22 AM

Your secret is safe with me, and mistake or no, its a very lovely box! Incidentally, if there WERE a 12 step program for box making, I would be there.. God, grant me the serenity to accept the wood I cannot work, courage to work the wood I can, and the wisdom not to glue down the spacers. ;) Warmest regards.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 11:46 AM

No way, these spacers just look like they were part of the design!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 01:34 PM

If you really want to use those spacers to your advantage, you can use them to set a small shelf-box on top of them – that way they’ll look like they were planned! ;-)

The box looks great – but in my opinion, the lid also looks a tad thick – maybe it’s just the pictures though.

Great job re-using “scrap” wood!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#10 posted 01-10-2011 06:28 PM

Not bad for a rookie and some scrap wood!

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 08:52 PM

Sweet. Great job on your box. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 01-10-2011 11:04 PM

Very nice wood and great job.

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 04:52 PM

Nice Box, Very Strong and Majestic, Beautiful wood with nice combo of color and pattern, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 02-01-2012 11:26 PM

There must be something about boxes that’s addictive. I’m pretty sure I share the same addiction.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#15 posted 02-01-2012 11:44 PM

Twelve Step Program:
1. Select wood.
2. Cut wood to size.
3. Sand wood.
4. Cut joints.
5. Rough fit.
6. Glue up.
7. Sand.
8. Put on finish.
9. Sand.
10. Put on finish.
11. Polish.
12. Repeat steps 1-11.

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