Boxguy Peddles His Recycle In Town

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Project by Boxguy posted 07-05-2013 08:08 AM 3891 views 31 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks: I appreciate your taking time to look at this posting. Your feedback is what makes these posting worth doing. I will respond to all comments, suggestions, and questions made in the next 24 hours, so check back for those. — Big Al

Pictured: A 12×5×5 inch tea box for 40 bags, or a card box for 8 decks, or a plain box with this unit removed. This box can be all the above. With the exception of the hinge, all the materials in this box were recycled materials from local sources. I also sell my boxes at the local gallery…hence the title and pun…Boxguy peddles his recycle in town.

A foil wrapped teabag and a standard deck of cards have the same height and width dimensions. So, designed this box to do either task. It should sell to two different markets…tea drinkers or card players. Or perhaps tea drinking card players if you want to use both functions. The Venetian blind dividers lift out as a unit (pictured below) for cleaning.

Woods: The top is crotch African Mahogany salvaged from a cast off larger slab that was badly cracked and checked in the drying process. The sides are Black Cherry salvaged from a veneer backer board from a local veneer mill. The corner splines are Ebony salvaged from an old dresser.

Focus: Salvaged materials make great boxes. If you can find a board that is 5 or 6 inches wide and 36 to 42 inches long by 5/8” thick you have the sides for a box. The top needs to be about 6” by 12” and can be as thin as 1/4” for an inset top. Saw mill shorts, pallets, factory scraps, and old buildings all are good sources of materials. Admittedly, the scraps used to make this box are exceptional, but they are still just scraps.

Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like that pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Mortising and installing hinges:
Cutting off the box top:
Adding splines to a box:

Making splines with a simple jig:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
$5 band clamps:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
Finishing tips:

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 09:05 AM

Always a pleasure to see your work.

-- CaptFerd

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 11:01 AM

Nice… I’ll have to try my hand at smaller tea boxes. This is a beauty. The wood is just spectacular as you have designed and finished it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 11:25 AM

Wow….another beautiful box from you Big Al…...just what we have all come to expect from you… excellent box as always…

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

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 11:45 AM

you really are the box guy,that top of crotch mahog is really nice and that cherry is is quartersawn right at 90 degrees giving the nice ray flake. great job Big Al.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 11:58 AM

Another very nice project Big Al, great instructions and topics

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 12:20 PM


CaptFerd, thanks. I liked seeing your clocks and shop aides. Nice work.

Ellen, nice to hear from you. I hope your summer sales are going well. Small teaboxes and card boxes sell well here. I just sold this one last week. Thanks for the comments.

Dave, always good to hear from the Down Under contingent of Lumberland. Hope you and your wife are happily puttering away in your shed. There is a fine line between tool collecting and wood working. Thanks for the nice comments about my work.

vonhagen, I enjoyed the shot of you at the beach. Looks like your summer is going well. It is always nice to hear from you and read your perceptive comments. Yes, the wood I used was great to work with. Thanks.

Blackie, I always enjoy seeing your innovative bandsaw projects. I hope your sales are going well this summer. Thanks for the kind comments about tutorials. Good to hear from you.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 01:17 PM

Great job, love the wod and color. Like al the steps you posted for everyone to look at as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-05-2013 01:31 PM

Al, Nice ! I enjoy your work, and your enthusiasm for your craft! Have a great Day !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 01:40 PM

Hey big Al, that is a mighty fine box! great save on the wood!
You do amazing work!

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

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#10 posted 07-05-2013 01:43 PM

Your beautiful boxes are not only made to hold precious and valued items but they hold ones attention for some time also. A picture is worth a 1000 words but I rather just keep looking at them!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 02:01 PM

Al, this box is simply beautiful and that’s all there is to it. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-05-2013 02:34 PM

Another beautiful box. I always enjoy your posts. I’m hooked on box making and hopefully some day meet the same quality that you have in yours. Thanks for posting!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#13 posted 07-05-2013 02:43 PM

I am envious of your skills. Great job. Many thanks for the links.

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#14 posted 07-05-2013 02:59 PM

Super looking boxes with cool woods

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#15 posted 07-05-2013 03:13 PM

Another top shelf project. It’s always a pleasure to see your work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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