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Project by bygrace posted 11-21-2013 03:18 AM 2107 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box and also my first venture into any wood not sold at a home improvement store (didn’t expect red oak to be so much cheaper at a hardwood lumber store than at my local big box). Curly maple sides with Zebra wood top and wenge splines. I read how to match the grain on all four sides and it worked out pretty well. One side is slightly off, I had too trim it back a little so it doesn’t match perfectly. I know what I did wrong so should be able to get it right next time. I finished it with four coats off Watco oil, three coats of spray lacquer, and Johnson’s paste wax. Thanks for looking and any comments and constructive criticism are appreciated.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 03:31 AM

Nice work for your first box. Great job on that wood wrap too.

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

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 03:37 AM

great looking box. You’ve matched the side real well and the zebra wood top looks super.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 04:39 AM

Great first box and venture into hardwood store. Hang on, it is very addictive.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 04:40 AM

Thanks Gary and Peter. I appreciate the encouragement.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 10:14 AM

Andy, this is so much better than my first attempt at a box. Nice work and good job of splitting the board to get the four-corner match. Nice choice of woods. Looks like you had fun. This is a link to a box I made recently. At the end there is a list of tutorials that might offer some ideas. They are arranged by topics.

Since you asked for other viewpoints…it is a matter of taste, but I like to put larger diameter rounds on my corners and tops. This rounding helps eliminate the side grain look on the edges of the top and accentuates the nice job you did on the corner matches. Here is an example of that. Bare in mind, however, that I have been accused of making all my boxes look like a used bar of soap. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 11:09 AM

A very nice looking first box….you have to be very happy with the end result…well done.

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

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 01:10 PM

Very pretty and way better than my first box! Well done!!!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 02:03 PM

Great work for your first box….. Very well done….

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

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 03:02 PM

Bob – You are right about it being addictive. Going to the hardwood store today. Everyone in the family wants a box now…..
Big Al – I’ve read through most of the tutorials before I made this one and they were VERY helpful. Thanks for taking the time to make and post them. Don’t really have anyone that I know to “mentor” me in my woodworking endeavors. I actually did consider rounding the top edges a little more so I think I will take your advice on the next one. By the way…I’ve never seen a bar of soap look that nice!
Dave, sgtq, and Ken – Thank so much!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 03:50 PM

Amazing first box great job Andy


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#11 posted 11-21-2013 04:01 PM

You sure can be proud of it as your first box. Very nice…! Using hardwood is very addictive and i hope you have a good local source for it. Being that this is your first box I would suggest keeping it so you can look back in the future…My wife has the first box I made a few years ago and I am glad she still has it.

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 08:36 PM

Looks like you been doing boxes for years. I must say, your box is very good looking. Nice job!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 11:04 PM

Good job and congrats on your first. Very good for your first box, I can’t wait to see the other boxes you start producing!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 03:16 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 03:37 PM

Wow Andy! Wrap-around grain, splines, beautiful contrasting wood… First box is a winner! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the tutorial links AL!

-- God bless, Candy

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