First box

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Project by DBB posted 02-14-2013 03:50 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first box I built. Made it to hold my grandfathers watch that I gave to my son when he graduated from high school (I’ve removed his name from the plaque in the attached picture). I used a piece of wood I got at a garage sale – I’m guessing it is figured maple. Used half-blind dovetails and barbed hinges. Finished with Minwax stain and brush-on poly … this was before I discovered TransTint dyes and Arm-R-Seal.

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 03:54 PM

Nice looking box. Love the wood. I wish the garage sales around here had wood like that.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 05:38 PM

Nice Box but you have to finish on a tail blank or it leaves the backside of the dovetail showing. Took me a couple of tries to figure that out myself…. Thanks for sharing

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 06:32 PM

Lovely. I like the rounded lid.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Chris Mobley

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 06:50 PM

Thanks for Sharing! This turned out great! I made a box for my niece once and carved her name in the lid. I then filled the name with wood glue and sprinkled cedar wood carvings into the glue. When the glue dried, it made a really neat finish.
Keep up the good work!

-- Chris Mobley -

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 09:37 PM

Very nice Work! Beautiful!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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robert triplett

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 11:53 PM

This is a very nice first attempt. Using nice wood is always a plus.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 02-15-2013 02:53 AM

Great job showing the beauty of the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-15-2013 06:26 AM

Yes, staryder, i realized that as soon as I cut the lid free. But that is what firsts are all about, experiment and learn.

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#9 posted 02-15-2013 02:45 PM

Nicely done—beautiful wood and I really like the blind dovetail corners.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 02-15-2013 05:32 PM

Looks fantastic and well made! Beautiful wood choice and joinery.

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