Good Luck Box

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Project by balidoug posted 09-02-2012 11:54 AM 2768 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just returned from a long journey of short duration to and from the US where we dropped off my eldest at school. This box was a simple “good luck” present; something to hold pencils, pens, thumb drives, and the other detritus of modern life. Hopefully also something to remind him that his old man is proud of him and misses him, and wishes him well on his latest adventure.

Simple box joints, made easier with the new moxon (see hedgehog), and some basic rockwell hardware. The upper half holds its loot in place with the help of a small magnet – which reminds me, I have to tell him to skip the thumb drive part.

The mahogany looks nice, I think. The contrary grain was difficult to work with but left an iridescent sheen that reverses colour in different light. Made by hand.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 12:01 PM

Really like the compartments in the top. Nice design. Great meaning behind it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 02:47 PM

Very nice looking box . I like the woodgrain pattern – looks soothing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 03:21 PM

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 04:49 PM

Nice job. I may copy it.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 08:00 PM

BD, there are lots of conflicting emotions in a trip like that. Your son will be looking forward to his future…eager to start. You and your wife are looking backward holding tight to memories of his childhood…sorry to part, but proud of his many accomplishments. Congratulations to you all.

As to the box, nice look. I would have put the compartment in the bottom and maybe a bit smaller. Then you’d not need the magnet. None of that really matters. It is about the sentiment more than the build. Beautiful grain. Thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 12:28 AM

That’s a very nice box and present. I’m sure that he will cherish it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 03:34 AM

I really like it. Very nice job.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 05:56 AM

Good work, nice looking box.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 12:05 PM

Many thanks, everyone. He is pleased, so so am I. Boxguy: I wanted to bisect the box … well, because I wanted to bisect the box. That meant the space for the top half was pretty useless on its own – anything put in would, of course, tumble out. The arrangement is probably not the most elegant, but it’s fun. You’re certainly right about the practicality though.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 02:19 PM

Beautiful work, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 10:51 PM

“a long journey of short duration”
The days are long but the years fly by.

At school: “Where did this come from dude?” “My old man made it, hey, watch the grain move!”.
A project like this is a little bit of the next best thing. Always in your sight, often touched.

Did you separate that with a table saw that you don’t have and will never use or did you build them apart?

Done by hand, it shows. Someday he too might decide just to bisect something for the hell of it.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 12:56 PM

Beautiful box full of wonderful thoughts.
This will bring so many good thougts.
What a lucky child.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 12-07-2012 04:12 AM

This project appeared on my homepage when I logged in. I love boxes and there is something comforting about this one. It’s also funny, earlier tonight was my first time ever working with African Mahogany and I see this box was made with Mahogany. Nice work. Also really like your bench.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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