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Project by Maveric777 posted 11-15-2011 04:24 PM 3167 views 18 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I finished up a while back, but due to a recent illness I am just now getting around to posting it up. Its crazy how many times from the very start to right now this project has started and stopped… then started again… then sat on a shelf… then… Well you get the idea…lol

I seen a box somewhere (I think it was in the 400 boxes book… Thanks again for the heads up Jeff) and made me think of this design. I actually started this box over a year ago with the idea of entering it into last years local fair. Things and life happened and part way through the build it wound up sitting on a shelf for months and months. About 3 months ago I got into a creative rut with the shop and I took some wonderful advice from our very own Sheila Landry. Her suggestion was to find an unfinished project laying around the shop (which we all have…lol) and just do something with it in stead of stressing. Well, that’s what I did and her advice was exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks again Sheila!

The body of the box is quarter sawn white oak with walnut legs and drawer facings. The drawers are made of sycamore. All the dovetails are hand cut, and the legs are mortised into the sides (that too was done by hand). The back is a pretty piece of book matched walnut that had one birds eye looking spot on it. My thought process was seeing this on a dresser a person could look in the mirror and see the back… Wanted something neat to be in the reflection. Cant really tell by the pictures, but it does have a pretty almost hourglass look to it…. I thought it was kind of neat. I finished it out with Danish oil and Renaissance wax…

I am almost embarrassed to add this last tidbit, but as fate will have it I did end up entering this piece into this years local fair. So it was a year late… It eventually made it…lol. This was the first of any kind of compitition I ever been in with my work. I must admit it was a very cool experience and actually enjoyed getting some feedback from folks who didn’t know me from a hole in the wall…. I will definitely do it again..

I was really shocked and tickled to see these hanging off my work….

Thanks for checking it out and listening to me ramble on…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 04:30 PM

Boy O Boy Dan, that is some piece!
And it definitely earned that award.
You did a super nice job on all the details which make it so cool looking.
There are a lot of different applications that a nice standing box like that would work in, but your idea of it being on a dresser with the back showing in the mirror sounds the best of all.
Good job!

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 04:38 PM

Well, hotshot! That’s great. Congratulations on your awards and Best of Show! Very nice box. Your new ideas are really producing some fine work.


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#3 posted 11-15-2011 04:45 PM

Very nice. I like the contrasting woods and the dovetails on the drawers.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 04:50 PM

Congratulations, Dan!

It’s a great box, and deserving of the awards. I really like the legs.

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 04:50 PM

Congrats!!!! Beautiful work, the awards are well deserved.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 04:56 PM

fantastic Steve. Congrats on the ribbons. this is a really nice project. I likes the design, those nice dovetails, the wood combos, and those legs, wow. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 11-15-2011 05:54 PM

what a great save dan

and congratulations
on the ribbons

excellent work !

and thanks sheila
keep us kids positive

-- 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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#8 posted 11-15-2011 05:57 PM

very cool box Dan, looks a bit beefy for it’s size, but I think that it actually works real well with this design – I like it!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 11-15-2011 06:24 PM

This is indeed a VERY cool box. The choice of wood, the attention to detail and the design in outstanding! I am very partial to the handles on the drawers. The hand cut dovetails are over the top. You very much deserve these ribbons!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 06:28 PM

Congratulations Dan.
I like the clean simple lines and the balance.
The giant dovetails took me by surprise at first, just because they’re so different, but once the surprise wore off I decided that I really like them. As noted above, they work with the design.

Nice work Dan

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 07:12 PM

Wow, looks like you recovered all the way around my friend!!! Congrats and like has been said, very well deserved!
I REALLY like this design very much. I actually think I have seen maybe the same box you did as well in the 400 box book and thought, I should do something like that. After seeing your wonderful project, now maybe I will!
Fantastic “Blue Ribbon” job !

BTW – what are the dimensions…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 07:21 PM

Congratulation Dan.

It’s very elegant and a pleasure for the eyes.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 11-15-2011 08:04 PM

Congrats Dan. You deserve it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 11-15-2011 09:07 PM

Very Nice Dan, What is the ‘four states fair’? Being from Oklahoma (1 of the 4 ) I have never heard of it

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#15 posted 11-15-2011 09:21 PM

very cool. I like that. I love those books too. I have 500 tables, chairs. Just bought furniture with soul. Great book.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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