First Box

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 04-26-2008 03:55 AM 1971 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Constructed of 1/2” pine with oak keys. Light coat of MinWax Golden Pecan and 6-8 coats of Wipe-On Poly Satin. Pretty satisfied with this as a first effort, no it’s time to begin another one, maple and walnut.


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 03:59 AM

Hi Jim,

You should be satisfied with this one. It looks really good to me. The oak keys give it visual interest.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 04:05 AM

Boxes are so basic, yet so cool. This is a great example of that. Way to go. -SST

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 04:09 AM

That’s a great box, especially for your first one!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 04:10 AM

Great looking box. I look forward to the next one.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 04:33 AM

Great job Jim. I’m learning to make boxes myself. Keep up the good work!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 04:45 AM

very nice especially if it’s your first time ! I’ll never forget my first box !

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 04:48 AM

Thats a right pretty box there Jim, as soon as I can knock off all my honey dews I want to try some stuff like that!! keep up the great work!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 04:56 AM

I wish my first box had looked anything like this one. Nice!

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

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#9 posted 04-26-2008 05:33 AM

a great first effort…one that I am planning myself at this point…so I hope I shall be able to succeed as well as you have.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 04-26-2008 06:41 PM

Fantastic job on the first box, they become addicting to build once the first one is done! Nice job on the hinges. Look forward to seeing more of ‘em…

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 04-28-2008 03:55 AM

I’m working with boxes myself. This is a great job you’ve done. I see that I need to put more coats of finish on mine to give it the look of elegance like yours. I am trying hard to get my hand cut dovetails to look right.

-- Eugene, North Carolina, [email protected]

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