Stumpy’s Tubafore Contest Entry - 2x4 3x5 Box

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Project by Joe Lyddon posted 01-22-2012 07:41 AM 4118 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally was able to get it ALMOST done… enough for a good idea, anyway.

Actually, I am making TWO of these boxes… I couldn’t get BOTH of them done to this point… So, I just got One done.

They will be used for 3×5 cards… and other misc. stuff until the room is needed for 3×5’s.

11” x 8-1/2” x 4-1/2

Was made from one 2×4 x 8’ Kiln dried from Home Depot.

Sides & ends are about 1/4” thick while the Top & Bottom are 3/8”

I still have a little more Finish sanding to do.

I will start with Mineral Oil or BLO… maybe some Shellac & Topped with lacquer.
Maybe I’ll Finish box #1 differently from Box #2.

I gotta say this 2×4 wood isn’t anywhere like Poplar, Oak, etc.
That grain makes it a whole new challenge.

I wish I had been able to seriously start it sooner!

1-23-12 Added another Project… Box #2…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 07:46 AM

Very nice work Joe. hard to believe it’s made from 2×4s


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#2 posted 01-22-2012 07:49 AM

Great this one actually has a use. Great build Joe, a fine job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 07:54 AM

looks good joe

glad to see you are back in the shop

and two boxes
that’s great

-- 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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#4 posted 01-22-2012 07:56 AM

Looking good to me…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 08:24 AM

great work joe, looks like the 2×4 contest has a great following.

The box might be a winner!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 08:33 AM

That’s a nice one Joe. What kind of finish do you plan on using on it?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 11:45 AM

Right on Joe

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 01-22-2012 11:46 AM

Great box Joe. Congratulations on getting it done!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 03:50 PM

Great box Joe

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#10 posted 01-22-2012 04:18 PM

Glad to see you made it in Joe. I have to agree with the grain being a challenge. You did a great job…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 01-22-2012 04:30 PM

Looks great, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 01-22-2012 04:36 PM

Nice job. Did you have any trouble with the board warping when you ripped it down? Working with this lumber definitely would be a challenge.

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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#13 posted 01-22-2012 04:43 PM

Good looking box there Joe. A simple piece of wood turned into something very useful.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 01-22-2012 04:51 PM

Great looking box Joe.
That is one lucky 2×4 !

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 05:05 PM

Nice workmanship. I am always cursing 2×4’s, but you cut that one down to size and left me speechless….(-:

I have a bunch 2×4’s in my multipurpose bench. I used some very old ones in my cutoffs cart which is my current project. They were reclaimed from some shelving I took down. I am guessing they are over 30 years old, since they were here when we got here in 1985.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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