Jack and Jill Box

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Project by Nick_R posted 11-29-2013 01:15 PM 1882 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I called this a Jack and Jill Box because it has two lids and compartments. (one for jack one for jill) I don’t know if the name is proper but its better than duplex.. Anyway the wood has a significant history here in Pinellas County, FL. It is actually from an original joist from the old courthouse that they are remodeling so it is aprox 100 years old from Florida Pine.

It is so hard you could not drive a nail through it… It does quite the job dulling blades as well.

So I made a few bowls and they are nice but really wanted to see it as a box. The grain is so pronounced I added some cherry trim to break it up. I lined it with southern red cedar from a friends tree and made the knobs into acorns in deference to the squirrels that occupied the tree 100 years ago. (OK that is BS.. my wife loves the acorn knobs and they were her idea).

Oh and I filled the cracks and original nail holes with ground turquoise stone.

So here it is…...

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 02:16 PM

That’s a mighty nice box Nick.
You can see by the grain that’s an old piece of pine.
Nice to see the old stuff being given a new life.
And you did this piece proud !

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#2 posted 11-29-2013 02:26 PM

This is a nice box that has lots of practical uses.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 02:37 PM

Did you use any other means of support to the mittered corners, i.e. biscuits, pins?

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 03:36 PM

Neat design. I like ‘em.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 11-29-2013 04:43 PM

Very awesome. I always like it when there is history behind the piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 05:07 PM

TheWoodboxes.. I used glue and pin nails.. and of course lots of clamps

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 06:11 PM

How did you inlay the stone

-- Wood never lies and is always faithful ! I wish people were like that!!!!

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 11:44 PM

Fred Clarke… using crushed stone with CA glue.. you mix and fill the gaps.. quickly. lots of places sell the crushed stone maybe even Rockler…

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#9 posted 11-30-2013 05:04 AM

This is really cool. I love the turquoise that you added to it. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 10:23 PM

Very cool! Great job! Nice to see today! I like the name Jack and Jill for red cedar boxes that are side by side and connected. :) Sorry about the hard Pine that dulled your blades. (That is never fun. :( ) However, the result is that you made a beautiful box. I like the grain and the cherry trim too! The ground turquoise to fill the cracks is unique and interesting. Where did you get it??

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 04:42 PM

Looks fantastic! Gorgeous wood with great design, like the acorn handles and the turquoise accents. Great job!

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 08:34 PM

Oh BTW- I was taking another look at this side by side jack and jill box and I wanted to mention that it’s especially cool that you used wood that is “approximately 100 years old”... almost 100 years old. I really like the strength of the wood and the grain but I bet the jill side of the box will not admit to the age! :) Ha… I made a funny! Again… really nice box!!

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