Cousin Coin Boxes

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-16-2012 05:20 PM 3530 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Call these boxes cousins, I guess. Call them coin boxes, change boxes, or whatever. They came about from the idea of cutting angled pieces and arranging them in a circle. Then came the thought that if I offset the wedges a bit as I glued them up, it would provide something of a swirl effect.

Materials are walnut and curly maple. The finish on both starts out with BLO, but the predominantly walnut box has satin wipe-on poly, whereas the maple box just got a buffing and waxing treatment.

One important lesson I learned from these: If you are going to do a recessed floating panel for the top, finish it first! I couldn’t sand or buff these tops after glue-up to get a finish I was happy with.

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

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 05:25 PM

Very Impressive Charlie, I like them very much

-- 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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#2 posted 06-16-2012 05:35 PM

Very nicely done Charlie!

Great wood combo’s too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 05:36 PM

Great looking boxes Charlie. I like what you did with offsets on the tops and how you did your corners very nice.

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#4 posted 06-16-2012 05:45 PM

Nice little boxes. Attractive design, nice wood, nice workmanship.

I am always attracted to this kind of small box, just don’t seem to find time to spend on them. I don’t pre-finish any parts, but withholding the inlay until after finishing makes things easier if the inlay cannot be sanded (I will post one done just this way in a week or so). Very small sanding blocks also help. I don’t use a buffing system, but I see the problem. My solution has been to just add more time. :-)

Nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 06-16-2012 06:54 PM

Great boxes, Charlie. Curly maple and walnut – probably the best combination of wood there is! These little boxes look very nice – you did a wonderful job! I particularly like the way you offset the top pieces to create the “swirl” effect you mentioned. Will have to try that sometime.

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 07:04 PM

Man your the man! did I say man your the man !cos you are the wait for it MAN.
Charlie go straight to the top of the class and get your gold star on the way Love from Uncle Al .
LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 07:37 PM

well i can tell you this charlie, i really love the walnut box, its color just grabs me, and the top with the way you laid out the wood, is perfect, ill have to make a few of these for Christmas gifts…ill have to call them the charlie in the box…from your inspiration…..very nice build

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-16-2012 07:40 PM

Very nice Charlie…...great choice of materials and very cool design. Thanks.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 06-16-2012 07:50 PM

Fabulous boxes…Nothing more to be said… yo da man

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 06-16-2012 08:34 PM

Wow, neat little boxes Charlie!!! Love the wood combinations and the unique pinwheel design…
Fantastic as usual Charlie, way to go !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 06-16-2012 08:58 PM

Very nice Charlie. Cute little boxes. Looks like fun.

I really like the maple one – fantastic grain.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 06-16-2012 09:16 PM

Very nicely done Charles. Beautiful pieces of wood used and like the pinwheel effect. I think I like the walnut one the best. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 06-16-2012 10:01 PM

Beautiful boxes. They look very well made. Great job.

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#14 posted 06-16-2012 10:38 PM

Some nice boxes. Your medalian looks like a subway token.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 06-16-2012 10:56 PM

Charlie, Sweet boxes!! I like the Maple one but both are nice.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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