Recipe Box

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Project by jay_in_cgohio posted 01-20-2014 10:05 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a simple box to put her recipes in. Currently she uses a folder with random sizes of paper and cards. I picked 4×6 as the best card size, not overly big yet big enough to print a recipe on.

It is just a basic oak box with a hard board bottom and mitered joints. The lid is a drop in fit lid with a small rabbit on the edge of the lid so it recesses into the box a little. For the lift I wanted something that said food. The easiest thing I could think of was to carve a knife and use that as the lift.

Wanting the knife to contrast with the box I used a small piece of cherry. My original plan was to use cherry for the knife and then make a butcher block from oak for the lid. I did not have enough oak left for this and not wanting to the lid to be cherry since it would not highlight the knife I opted for a face grain cutting board of cherry and oak , using the oak to contrast the knife.

The finish is just Danish oil rubbed into the wood. I imagine in a few days it will need more. I wanted this to be super simple and was able to come up with something in a matter of three days that has purpose and looks good enough for her to put in the kitchen.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-20-2014 11:48 PM

Great way to keep organized! Now there is no excuse to enjoy all of those wonderful recipes since they are contained in an attractive recipe box! Happy dining!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 03:39 AM

Nice job.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 05:22 PM

Neat recipe box, like the tight joints, clean lines and cool handle. Great job! I’m sure the wife appreciates it.

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