A Box for Stationary

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-17-2011 01:41 AM 2393 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year my mother-in-law has been a lot of help and we wanted to to something nice for her. We ended up draggin our feet long enough that it has turned into a christmas present. My wife got her some personalized stationary and I used those dimensions to size a box to hold it all. The box has two partitions. The lower part is designed to hold the envelopes while the stationary goes in the upper shelf. I just used a single piece of 1/4 hardboard on two runners to make the partitions.

I had a lot of fun making this. The main carcass is maple and I used wenge for the dark brown highlights. I picked up a scrap of bubinga from the local Rockler store for less than $5 and was able to get all the legs out of a single piece. The legs were a bit of a challenge, but I’m pretty happy with how they came out.

I placed brown felt on the bottom and divider with spray adhesive and finished it wtih Deft spray lacquer. Everything fits just right.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 02:34 AM

That is a great-looking box. I really like your choice of woods and the “shapely legs”

I am sure that this gift will be appreciated.

-- "Melodies decaying in sweet dissonance." - I. Anderson

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 02:39 AM

It looks very elegant.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 03:15 AM

I really like the contrasting feet. Great job !!!

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 03:35 AM

Good Job! Are the legs 1 piece of wood or 2 pieces joined?

-- Don

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 04:11 AM

Nice looking box Aaron. The contrasting wood combination is attractive. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 05:16 AM

That is a really nice looking box. Great design, nice use of contracsting woods and nice legs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 12-17-2011 05:20 AM

You have created on beautiful box. I love the legs, and you nailed the finish.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 12-17-2011 05:32 AM

That is a great looking box.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 12-17-2011 06:43 AM

This is a great looking box, Aaron. I especially like the contrasting feet. Congratulations on a fine project.


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#10 posted 12-17-2011 08:04 AM

@Don – The scrap piece of bubinga that I had wasn’t thick enough for the legs so I laminated two pieces together to get the full thickness. After the glue set up I then cut out a rabbit to accommodate the corners of the box and then I cut the curves on the bandsaw. It was a little tricky once the square edges disappearing, but I used a piece of scrap to support the piece by the rabbit in order to keep things right. So it is two pieces, but it was cut as one piece. Hope that makes sense.

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#11 posted 12-17-2011 08:53 AM

Very nice! I really like this.

-- "If a man is alone in the forrest with no woman to hear him. Is he still Wrong?"

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#12 posted 12-17-2011 03:55 PM

Very elegant design. I really like it.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#13 posted 12-18-2011 03:42 AM

Well done! I really like the shape of the legs.

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