First Box

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Project by PatRI posted 08-24-2012 02:45 AM 3242 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a box. It is made from scraps of cherry and walnut and finished with three coats of danish oil. It measures about 3×10 x 4. I am pretty happy with it and I learned a lot, mostly that planning and setup make everything go much easier. I had some trouble mounting the hinges because I was not nearly as careful as I should have been and had to move them several times to get the lid lined up. Does anyone have any advice about if there is anyway to fill the holes with something that can be screwed into because the lid of the top is still slightly off. I would love to hear what every one thinks both positive and constructive criticism on the workmanship and the overall design.

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 02:55 AM


You did a really nice job. I really like the lid latch also.


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#2 posted 08-24-2012 03:09 AM

Good job on your first box, keep at it. Plug those holes with glue and tooth picks tap as many as you can get in to fill the hole.

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice box. One option if you have to move hinges is to drill out the existing holes, and shove a dowel into them (glued). Then, sand them off flush. Then, drill your new pilot holes.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 03:39 AM

Good job for a first box ! I like the walnut splines contrasting with the cherry sides. The latch is nice too. For my taste, the top is too thick. There are some clever hinging ideas that you could look at by surfing the projects here on LJs, limiting your search to “boxes”. Good brass hinges are pretty pricey these days and some are avoiding this cost by making nice wooden hinging.

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 12:57 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 05:37 PM

For plugging miss drilled holes I use a piece of the scrap project wood and carve a small dowel like piece and using a bit of glue I tap them in tight and cut off with X-acto knife and sand. that way the color is right.
Or if it is a big do-do, do as MichaelT77 said and drill to the next dowel size and then re drill. This works really well in softer woods as the dowel will be harder and give the screw a bit more bite.
Nice box. as you make more you will learn more ways to correct mistakes … Uh, er, or so I’m told …

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 06:58 PM

Looks good. If the holes are small enough and concealing isnt an issue, I’ve used toothpicks. You can pack as many as it takes into the misplaced hole and then cut them off. Works well when you need to adjust a hole for a screw by just a fraction.

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 08:08 PM

Wow, that sure is pretty!

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 09:48 PM

For a first box, I would keep it as is… look back on and cherish.

In my opinion, you did a great job on this. I love the latch and how you did the underside of the top. Again, leave it alone. Later down the road, you will be glad you did.

My first box looks like….................well, LOL, it looks BAD but I wouldnt sell it for any amount of money.

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#10 posted 08-25-2012 01:23 AM

great job.i hope when i attempt my first box i hope it turns out as good.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 09:41 PM

Nice dimensions. Like the latch, unique. Is that leather stripping on the inside of the lid, or wood? Either way, looks good. I’m just started a few boxes of my own, hope mine turn out looking as nice as yours did.

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