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Project by Dartaniel posted 03-29-2007 01:31 PM 2797 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some boxes that I made from scrap hardwoods I had left around the shop. I know, not impressive, but fun to do.

-- Russell W. Hupp

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#1 posted 03-29-2007 01:36 PM

who are you kidding?

These are beautiful. I’d love to see #1 open and #2 does it by chance separate at the curve??

I can’t wait until my skills are better so that I can start being creative – these are REALLY INSPIRING

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 03-29-2007 02:14 PM

Nice work!!!

-- Rino,Douglas,NB.

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#3 posted 03-29-2007 03:48 PM

Thanks all for the comments. I toyed with the idea of making the box with the S curve open in the middle, putting swivel hinges in the opposite corners, but the wife wanted it to open normally. She’s the boss. (cuz she buys my wood)

-- Russell W. Hupp

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#4 posted 03-29-2007 03:49 PM

They look pretty impressive to me. Nice contrast with the different woods….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 03-29-2007 03:51 PM

Very nice… I”m in the middle of (well near the beginning actually of) a box building spree. Looks like you’ve seen a couple books more advanced than mine. Hope to be whipping out something half as good as these!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 03-29-2007 04:06 PM

Max – Thanks, I am starting to get into some different hardwoods. I use alot of Cherry, Walnut and Maple but now experimenting with cocobolo, bubinga, zebrawood, Wenge, and rosewoods.

Scott – Woodcraft has a few great books on box making specifically. Thanks for the compliments and I am still checking out your project page.

Looks like you guys should be teaching me.

-- Russell W. Hupp

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#7 posted 03-29-2007 04:15 PM

Beautiful boxes Russ. I especially like the first one. Are those the hinges on top of it? I would really like to see a detail and the box open if you get a chance. Thanks a lot for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 03-29-2007 04:22 PM

Russ, ( I can call you Russ can’t I?)

It might not be impressive… to you, but it impresses me to no end. I’ve yet to actually finish any box since my first maple box, and since it was the first, it was the worst one. I’ve got at least 10 more sitting around, but I quickly used them before i finished them. Some of them are storing CD’s some are where I put my drill bits, one is a sandpaper box. I was thinking about making a custom box to side between my two tool boxes and put all the boxes in them. Unfortunately they are all of different diminsions and I’ve yet to see the vision of how they are to be put .

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#9 posted 03-29-2007 05:52 PM

I love boxes, and these are first-rate! Nice designs as well as craftsmanship.

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

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#10 posted 03-29-2007 05:58 PM

Don’t be so modest! There’s a store in Highland Park, IL called CityWoods – your boxes put some of theirs to shame!

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#11 posted 03-29-2007 06:03 PM

That’s some pretty impressive looking scrap.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 03-29-2007 06:07 PM

Russell, you’re way to modest. Those are beautiful!

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#13 posted 03-29-2007 07:12 PM

Thanks again all. I Have to say that the first box is not my design. Its just out of a magazine. In anycase I had alot of fun doing them. I am however working on some other unique boxes with hidden compartments and secret openings. Wish me luck..ha ha

-- Russell W. Hupp

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#14 posted 03-29-2007 07:21 PM

LUCk Luck. Luck

I can “copy a design” and you would never know that it was supposed to be a copy .. it takes skill to create something, whether that is from scratch or from another object.

Again, well done!

(and secret compartments are cool!!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#15 posted 03-29-2007 07:37 PM

Great boxes!! VERY impressive, too.
I am starting to build more boxes, but cannot afford the wood to get the “scraps” you have. I just check the bargain bins at the local woodworking stores. I will have some examples of some box deigns I have figured up, soon as I finish the fence around our grass…...LOL First things, first. Lke you, I gotta keep my wife satisfied, too!

Lots of care in your finish, also! Gotta love a great finish. What did you use on the boxes? I start with shellac and finish with polyurethane, although shellac leaves a nice finish by itself.


-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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