First box

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Project by path914 posted 01-14-2014 02:08 PM 1502 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this was my first box and my first posted project. The box was made for a co-worker who wanted to give it as a gift to her brother (the photo is of the brother and his father). The wood is Cocobolo and the top inlay is Maple. As it was my first attempt at using hinges or doing an inlay, there is much to improve :)

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 03:03 PM

Very nice box great job.


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#2 posted 01-14-2014 03:42 PM

You did a real nice job on this box and especially so if it was your first. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 04:49 PM

I can only dream about my first projects looking so good

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 04:58 PM

First box???
I don’t believe it. Great job!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 08:49 PM

Looks mighty darn good to me. Very good job.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 12:56 AM

Lovely box. Hope to see more of them from you.

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

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 01:22 AM

Path, welcome to Lumber Jocks. It looks like you are off to a great start. I like the wood and the inlay. The hinges are an interesting choice. It took me a while to get used to everything on this site. You might work on your home page when you get time and energy enough. You might try some of these posting if you are interested in any particular topic. You have already mastered most of the techniques needed to build boxes. Great work.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 01-15-2014 01:53 AM

I should say that although this was my first box, I have some previous experience with building speakers (mdf and veneer or paint) and a few pieces of furniture, so not a complete newbie to woodworking entirely. I will be posting more of my previous projects soon. Thanks!

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 02:47 AM

Very nice looking box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 08:37 AM

Great box.
Great hinges.
Great photo insert idea…...................

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 01-15-2014 11:56 AM

Very nice first box…well done.

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

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