Boxes For Granddaughters

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Project by 49er posted 03-05-2014 03:40 AM 1737 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these boxes for my three granddaughters. I already made tool boxes for the grandsons. On two of them I used my new lock miter bit from Whiteside. I was very pleased with the results this bit produced. I did a blog on this bit if anyone is interested. One box uses box joints I made with my homemade jig. I made three of these jigs -1/4-3/8-1/2. By having three different sizes no adjustments are needed once they are set.
The finish is Watco Dainish oil and shellac. On my next box I would like to try wooden hinges. The kids are pretty young it will be interesting to see how they hold up.
I forgot to mention the wood is Cherry, I cut from the farm. It has air dried for about 4 years.

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 04:09 AM

What a great job on the joinery and presentation on these boxes! I am just getting started in learning how to create such accomplished work.
I hope to learn from people who present like you.
—Dennie, Hickory Withe, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 04:12 AM

Oh my gosh, you used a lock miter joint. I’ve been trying to master that for weeks now. Great job. I love the detail on the inner boxes, and I love the Shaker style. Really really nice work, 5 stars :-)

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 03-05-2014 04:22 AM

Great job on the boxes, lots of details. When you get the lock miter joint bit dialed in to fit good, be sure to cut a couple of patterns on some scape of the same thickness. Then next time you use it, you will just have to set your router height to your pattern and you are set to go.

And a big welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 09:29 AM

Very nice. They should cherish them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 11:38 AM

Very nice boxes and I am sure your granddaughters will love them and treat them well.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 01:26 PM

Very nice boxes. Amazing the pride you put in a box for family. especially for your grand daughters. I’m sure they will love them!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 03-05-2014 03:16 PM

These are really nice and I’ll bet that they will always love an cherish them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-05-2014 04:21 PM

Nice job! So far my boxes look more like abstract art. ;)

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#9 posted 03-05-2014 05:51 PM

Looks great 49er! Making a nice box like these is on my list of projects to try in 2014. Did you just use the Natural danish oil? Or add some color to the cherry?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 03-05-2014 07:03 PM

Ravensrock, no color added. I think I am going to work on the finish a little more. But I like the color.

The cherry I used for the tops, on two of the boxes, has the grain going different directions and it takes a lot to get away from a blotchy look.

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 10:47 PM

Some gr8 gifts from Grndpaw. They’ll luv em forever. Nice builds.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 04:02 AM

Very Nice Grandpa.

-- Barksavage

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 01:13 PM

They’re great gifts, beautiful cherry and awesome joints. Your daughters will appreciate it. Great job!

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