Graduation Gifts

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Project by Utah posted 07-17-2013 03:11 PM 1530 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nine neighborhood Young Women graduated in June. Made graduation boxes for each. Included shorts notes from friends and neighbors.

Box #1 is Eucalyptus box with walnut lid.
Box #2 Oak Box with Gum wood lid.
Box #3 Cherry box with Gum wood lid.
Box #4 Coffee wood with walnut lid.

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 03:41 PM

Great job! Those are some fine looking boxes! Love your choice of woods…. the contrast works perfect. Thanks for sharing!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 03:58 PM

Beautiful looking boxes….well done.

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

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 04:52 PM

Excellent on all of them. Will make for some really nice keepsakes.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 09:30 AM

Utah, these are nice work. I like the general proportions and all the skills are there with splines and tops. Do they have hinges? Is there some type of lift helper? How were they finished? What is the general size? What do they look like on the inside? Making this many boxes is a tall order. What were the other 5 like? Did you cut them out all at once? Obviously, your post intrigues me. This is such nice work that I would like to know more. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 10:19 PM


No hinges on the boxes. I used a technique I saw in a magazine about cutting all the dado’s on the inside before glue up, then cut the lid off. Worked on all of them, except one. I had put one of the boxes together wrong. Had to do a “slight” modification. Finished with Watco Danish oil. Hand rubbed lots of oil on first and second coat, then started with 300, 500, 800 and 1000 grit wet sanding. Very smooth and nice. They are all about 5” x 9” and 4 ” tall. Inside the boxes is just plain wood, no felt or anything else. The insides were sanded too, so nice inside. I did two of each type of wood, but all the boxes were lighter colored, with dark tops; oak, cherry, coffee wood and alder for the boxes. Gum wood and Walnut for the lids. The keys match the lids.

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 11:35 PM

Very nice looking boxes!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 06:14 PM

They are all beautiful boxes. Great use of contrasting wood colors. I’m sure the recipients will love them. Great work!

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