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Project by toothmechanic posted 04-09-2012 07:19 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sweet sixteen box for my assistant’s daughter. First box attempt. General plan was from a Doug Stowe book, then modified. Lots of imperfections. A few scratches on the walnut crotch that I didn’t realize until about 3rd coat of finish. Mortises for hinges were a little off, and a small gap on the front left side of the lid draws my attention everytime I look at it. A good learning experience with miters, dividers, miter keys.

Finish is 2 coats of BLO, 2 coats Maloof’s blend, and a few coats of minwax poly spray in a can.

Wood species. Walnut, Tiger maple, and soft maple for the dividers. Plywood bottom. Thanks for looking. I will now start posting a few of my other project to the site. I am an addict to look at other people’s projects, but need to start contributing to the site.


-- If you can't make it right, make it bright!

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 08:27 PM

Nice box. I struggle with hinge mortises , too. You took on quite a challenge with that many dividers.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 12:06 AM

Very nice. I really like the cork on the underside of the top….nice addition.

Great job.

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

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 01:00 AM

I think you’re being too hard on yourself. That is a nice box. I hate installing store bought hinges so I’ve gone to all shop built wooden hinges and don’t plan to ever go back. There are some great hinge ideas on this site.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 01:35 AM

very nice box your being to hard on yourself looks great

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 07:21 PM

Nice box looks great. There are no perfect boxes. Hinges drive me crazy.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 01:24 AM

Remember, others eyes are not as critical as our own.
Great job on the box. I like the splined miters.

-- "Fear of failure limits our creativity" so to create something truly awesome you first have to be prepared to flop

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