Bow Front Box

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Project by Kerry posted 01-18-2008 08:57 PM 3740 views 22 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my son’s teachers aid. He’s had the same lady as an aid for the last 5 years, but this year she took a different position at the school and we wanted to give her something to thank her for all her help.

It’s black walnut with an oak panel in the lid. The front is a steam bent lamination. The inlay in the lid was made up from African blackwood and maple, and the stringing on the sides and front of the box are also maple, as is the little tray inside. The corners of the box are splined miters and the tray corners are dovetailed. The frame for the lid is put together with bridle joints, and the lid has a ‘tenon’ around it’s circumference that floats in a slot cut around the inside of the frame, and also overlaps the top of the frame.

This box was kind of a pain to build – several things went wrong but in the end it all turned out well enough.

Thanks for looking.

-- Alberta, Canada

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 09:02 PM

Nice looking box. Great inlays!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 09:20 PM

great design ! nice work kerry

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 09:23 PM

Great job!!
I would love to have the plans for that if you have them.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 10:00 PM

That’s gorgeous, Kerry. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 10:04 PM

The bow front is really distinctive. No wonder you experienced problems – worth it though, that’s an excellent box.

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 10:29 PM

Very nice, like the bow front and the top

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 01-18-2008 10:48 PM

Very, very nice.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#8 posted 01-18-2008 10:53 PM

The greater the challenge, the greater the experience – in my book. Great job on the inlay in the lid.

-- Ethan,

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#9 posted 01-18-2008 11:44 PM

Are you going to enter it into the competition?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 01-19-2008 12:22 AM


Bob 42 – I’m afraid I didn’t really draw up much for plans – just some sketches and a couple of scale line drawings on graph paper – you’re welcome to those if you like.

GaryK – sure, I’ll enter this. No time for the 2×4 challenge though.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#11 posted 01-19-2008 01:11 AM

Wow, very nice!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 01-19-2008 01:16 AM

how very special. She must have really made an impact.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 01-19-2008 01:46 AM

Couldn’t agree more: “How very special”. Something so pretty to look at, and so functional, will surely be treasured for life.

-- wood4me

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#14 posted 01-19-2008 01:47 AM

Nice touch Kerry, I love the bent lamination. Nice overall tone to the box.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 01-19-2008 02:00 AM

When I see work of this level it diffcult for me to put in words the appreciaton of skills you and others have to do this level of workmenship. I know its not art but it requires more than just skill or talents. I hope you sign your works, this will never leave the family you have given it to. Thanks for sharing your talants and abilities with others.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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