Birdseye Maple "knock" Boxes....

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Project by JL7 posted 06-09-2013 07:12 PM 3635 views 27 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s where the name comes from:

Sticking with the Maple only theme again here…these are made from old gym flooring. All boards re-sawn to 1/4” and several of the top/bottom panels are book-matched.

As usual, I just started cleaning up this old materiel and the design evolved from that. These are sliding top boxes and I couldn’t decide on how to create the pull for the top…..then I thought about the old wood bodied hand planes that are adjusted by knocking on the front or back of the plane. So these are “knock” boxes:

Finish is tinted shellac and sanded back down, a coat of BLO and then polished and waxed with Beall wood buff.

Fun little project, built one at a time with 3 dedicated router table setups so I got pretty fast at building them. If you size your material carefully and setup your groove depths right, you can cut the top, bottom and the 2 long sides the same length. Then cut the 2 short ends 1/4” wider than the top and bottom. Viola.

Then take your thin kerf hand saw and cut the top off of one of the ends:

That little cutoff will form the end of your sliding top.

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 07:25 PM

slick jeff
they all look great

doing a ‘run’ of them
on dedicated setups
is the way to go

nice wood too

like the ‘knock’ you open with

‘knock knock’
‘who’s there’

‘it’s me jeff’ lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 07:26 PM

Jeff, Quit playing with those boxes and see who’s knocking on the door…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 07:38 PM

those are some good looking boxes Jeff ,like the sliding lids ,great finish too ,the book matched i really liked , knock knock

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 07:47 PM

You have floored me with the unique technique to open the boxes! You weren’t boxed in, when it came to a distinctive design feature!! Well done!!!

Does the interior of the box smell like old gym socks??? Curious minds want to know!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 07:49 PM

Nice clean look. As always, great woods too.

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 08:20 PM

What a great use for gym flooring. They are beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 08:26 PM

Well, nice flooring Jeff.

And beautiful boxes. Never heard of knock boxes before.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 09:53 PM

Funny stuff guys…..thanks…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 06-09-2013 10:06 PM

Very nifty Jeff. That grain sure pops on those.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 10:34 PM

Real nice. Real, real nice.

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 06-09-2013 11:34 PM

Wonderful boxes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 06-09-2013 11:43 PM

Great boxes for knockers, especially the DD one you are holding.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 12:57 AM

Great looking boxes…I have never hear of or seen knock boxes before….really cool

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 12:59 AM

Great job Jeff (almost said great set of knockers).

That quilted birdseye is awesome. Hard to believe it was a gym floor for all those years waiting for you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 06-10-2013 01:05 AM

Well these boxes do come in all shapes and sizes…..:)

Aussiedave – I just made it up…..I’m sure it’s not a new idea….but new to me…...

The fun part is handing one of them to someone and let them ponder on how to open it…...

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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