First Box, sort of...

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Project by elroyy posted 07-20-2011 05:00 AM 1649 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow jocks, This is my first ever box, if you can call it a box without a lid. Otherwise, it’s my first deep tray! :) I bought some rough sawn quartersawn oak from a guy nearby for about $1 a foot. I’ve been working dlilgently to get it to s2s. In the meantime, there are some no QS sections of the wood that are great and that I’ve been using to set up my jointer and planer. I built this box for a good friend I’ll see in Kentucky this weekend. It started out walnut and mitred, but that didn’t work (gotta dial in the miter gauge and work on the corners) and ended up like this. The dowels were an afterthought. I glued up one end, waited for that to dry, inserted the floating bottom in the groove I’d cut, glued on the other end and, while applying clamp pressure, a rabbetted butt joint I thought was square came unglued. rather than take the whole thing apart to fix this slightly out of square rabbet, I decided to use dowels for strength and to cover up my mistake. It’s dimensions are 5 1/2×7 1/2 by about 2 inches deep. As I stated before, the bottom is floating in a groove. The bottom came from an earlier attempt to resaw on the table saw with some oak. It’s about 3/8” thick.

I was a little under the gun. I make up for being inexperienced by being slow. Leaving tomorrow afternoon on my trip. Applied the first coat of tung oil tonight. Will apply second in the AM and let dry until I’m off work around 1 pm.

Thanks in advance for the great comments and constructive criticism. My wife, a budding photographer, is on some message boards, and her peers/mentors aren’t nearly so kind as LJs.


-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 05:43 AM

Looks like a box to me. Nice job on the joinery.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 05:44 AM

Looks great for your first box, I like the plugs too. Good work!

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 06:02 AM

Thanks guys. Having looked at both your projects, I’m humbled. By the way, I was wrong in describing the finish. It’s boiled linseed oil, not tung oil.

Again, Thanks.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 12:04 PM

Nice first box. Those are very strong joints- lots of glue area. They hide the groove for the bottom too.
One thing you can do is wrap a bungee cord around it and glue all the corners at one time. Check it for square in the process. Thanks for sharing you product and your process…..............Jim.

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

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 02:54 PM

Nice box. Cover goes on easy—flat stock(1/2 inch or less} glued around perimeter. Rip 4 sides on table saw and—- voila (Fancy French word meaning – Hot Damn Lookie This) a covered box. Hinges? Leather with tacks, commercial brass or carved wooden with small pins. Hinges nothing to it. Leather, Cloth, commerical brass, homemade wood or any small. Practice every day. Good luck, spj.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 06:33 PM

Thanks very much. I’m picking up some quarter sawn cherry this weekend in KY. Next project (other than putting built ins in master closet (paint and plywood)) will be a sliding lid box from this stuff.

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 08:59 PM

I made one very similar to that, so by proxy, I love it. Seriously…good job.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 10:23 PM

Looks fine to me. Besides, the mark of a good work worker is the ability to improvise. Heck, the last box that I posted wasn’t what i started out thinking I was going to do. The inside was rough from using a router to carve it out, even after alot of sanding and work, so it was an opportunity for me to practice cutting and putting in felt! And the piece i used for a lid had a gouge in it so I used a decent sizzed piece of wood for the handle to cover it up instead of a brass knob. Its all wonderful opportunities to learn!

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 02:47 AM

Great box, like the dowels for appearance

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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