My First Box

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Project by Tigarman posted 07-17-2012 04:07 AM 1200 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had never before made a “simple” box.

Turns out it isn’t so simple!

It is made of Cherry on the sides, and Black Walnut on the base and lid.

The handle is just a piece of cherry that I took over to my new scroll saw and freehand cut it without an idea of what I wanted beforehand. Honestly, I am very proud of it.

If you look very closely, you can see that there is a small bit of Purpleheart going around the inside bottom of the sides. This served two purposes; first to cover a cutting mistake, and second just because I thought it would look good.

The female friend I made it for LOVED it. She was my inspiration for making the box in the first place. She asked for the knotted wood. She loves the character it brings.

Please be kind, but I am open to suggestions. I really learned a LOT doing this first one and look forward to implementing those lessons during the next box.

Thanks for looking!

-- Think Twice, Decide Once - Still cut three times

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 06:58 AM

Tig, this is a perfectly good start. I liked the routed edge on the top. Next box consider putting a 45 at the corners. That opens up several possibilities. To my eye, thinner sides look better on smaller boxes. Got questions…ask. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 09:17 AM

Hello Tigarman.

Nice work, simple and functional, depending just how much work you want to put into it will determine the end result.
The Butt joints look good,the lid looks good, hand made handle the same.

Make sure you document it and later pull them out to take a look at and reflect back on just how much you have progressed and the skills advanced.

Some where on this site is a Box I made from recycled timber with an Aust Banknote on it.
That box is possiblt one of the earlist I have made.
I still have is so I can always check it out and gauge my skills and ability to produce what I do now.
Its fairly basic but I am still proud of it today.

We all make mistakes, and although annoying they serve to educate.
You should see the plug cutter box I tried to make then cut it open the wrong way!!

I use it for invoices even today !!

Keep up the good work !!


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 06:11 PM

Great box for your first try. Interesting wood; working around that knot must have been trying.

I agree with the comment on thinner sides – 1/2” on smaller boxes. Mitered corners with contrasting keys make a nice look for a box. You can also practice dovetails and finger joints. Boxes are always welcome gifts and provide a great opportunity to practice and build skills where you are not investing a huge amount in the wood (especially if it goes wrong). :)

I made a couple of practice boxes out of recovered pallet wood just as prototypes. I gave them to a couple of cousins and they were thrilled. People love handmade gifts even from scrap wood.

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

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 09:57 PM

Nice job on this. I am a new woodworker and I can see my improvement as I have moved along the learning curve. I still havemy first box and would never ever sell it. LOL <—-no one would buy it I think but it does show me just how far I have come in my skills. Keep making the boxes and you will be pleasantly surprised.

You did a great job on this!

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 08:54 PM

This is a good lookin’ box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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