My first boxes

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Project by SailorDaddy posted 03-11-2012 03:23 AM 1991 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the boxes I made for Christmas this year. I was in San Diego temporarily for training and my wife had our second son 3 days before Christmas. I did not have a lot of time to make a lot of gifts but these are the ones I did get done. The first one is made from primavera for the bottom and some cuttingboard scraps for the top (maple, padauk, yellowheart, purpleheart). It is for my sister in law who I got for secret santa this year. She had put gel pens on the list for secret santa so I got her some and made her a box. The next one is a jewelry box for my future sister in law. My wife’s brother asked me if I could make one for his girlfriend/fiance. It is primavera, padauk, cherry, purpleheart, yellowheart and walnut. They are both finished in clear shellac. I really like to look at them. I impressed myself for a first shot at boxes and no plans. Both ladies were very pleased. (You can see my mother in law’s cuttingboard in the background in the first pic.)

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 03:25 AM

Very cool looking boxes and great joinery.


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#2 posted 03-11-2012 03:42 AM

Nice looking work. I really like that 2nd box and the way the corners are joined. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-11-2012 04:01 AM

very nice.i too like the second box.the top on the first box is really cool.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 05:05 AM

Interesting pieces..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 07:14 AM

FIRST boxes?? You have done well. Congratulations on the addition to your family too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 08:25 AM

Unique designs for sure.

They look great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 01:27 PM

Great job! Very creative designs & joinery.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 04:04 PM

The box top on the first box is stunning.

Could you explain how to diamond shaped accents into the checkerboard pattern?

Great work!

-- Mike, Florida,

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 04:15 PM

Great work and beautiful result on both boxes. We expect nothing less from a Navy man!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-11-2012 04:18 PM

Those are some really good looking boxes

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-11-2012 06:11 PM

Very creative designs.


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#12 posted 03-11-2012 08:02 PM

Thanks for all the comments you guys. @ WoodSimplyMade in order to get the diamonds in the checkered board I used the scraps from my cutting board in my “More cutting boards” post. You can also kinda see my technique in the second pic of my “First cutting board” post. In that pic I am using scrap cherry to hold the corner of the walnut in order to get a flat clamp surface. I just used two 2×4s caddy corner to each other while clamping the padauk and yellowheart or maple and purpleheart together. After that you just glue them up like a regular endgrain checkered cuttingboard. Once I get a house and all moved in in about a month email me back so I can take more pics and give more visual support if you would like.

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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