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by JADobson
posted 09-25-2018 07:35 PM


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#1 posted 09-26-2018 02:59 AM

That’s a damned nice example of fumed white oak, right there! I’ve made a bunch of boxes, but haven’t published many of them (or much else, honestly, because my camera skills are shite). I now have a stabilized cell phone camera, and will likely post more pics in the near future. I think that a dedicated box forum would be a good thing. That’ll have to be run by the management, of course.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 02:16 PM

I’ve made a few. I really enjoy nice boxes. Haven’t done any in a while, though.

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EDIT: weird that the widget isn’t working. If you Click them the projects will show up still though.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 02:27 PM


I ve made a few. I really enjoy nice boxes. Haven t done any in a while, though.

- jmartel

Wow that marquetry work is fantastic, especially the whales. I’m planning some veneer work on my next box but that won’t be for a little while yet. I was planning on using hide glue and hammer veneering it. How’d you do yours?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 02:56 PM

You would only hammer veneer it if you are doing solid sheets of veneer. No marquetry. Just use a metal plate that you heat up beforehand when clamping the veneer down. Keeps the glue warmer longer while you apply clamps.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 09-26-2018 03:26 PM

Yeah, just planning solid sheets for now.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#6 posted 09-26-2018 03:37 PM

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a bandsaw box. What size blade is the normal go to for them?

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#7 posted 09-26-2018 03:47 PM

Those look great! I’ve just done my first couple of boxes. I can’t say this one was my design, but I thought it would be fun to try and I’m happy with the results. Mini-style of Japanese Toolbox made with maple and walnut, finished with BLO.

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#8 posted 09-26-2018 03:50 PM

That mini toolbox looks great. I’ve built a full-sized one (in my projects) and love it but a mini is definitely on my to-do list.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 04:16 PM

its cool

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#10 posted 09-26-2018 04:49 PM

Afraid the ones I do aren’t quite as fancy..

And the back view.

And maybe something like these..

And another view..

Try one more..

And open the lid..

First one was out of Cherry, second one out of Maple…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 09-26-2018 07:57 PM

They don’t all have to be fancy Bandit. It only needs to be as good as it needs to be. The maple box, is that all frame and panel?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#12 posted 09-26-2018 09:03 PM

I really like boxes, they are pure potential, but have only made a few. Here is one of my favorites. Sorry for the terrible quality pic.


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EDIT: weird that the widget isn t working. If you Click them the projects will show up still though.
- jmartel

I think you can fix it by clicking edit and resaving, IIRC, it has something to do with a server glitch from some years back.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 09-27-2018 12:52 AM

This was an (almost) one day box build I did during the box swap. It was made quickly to help out a friend. I really like making boxes. They are by far my favorite projects to do. My philosophy is boxes are the basis for all wood working. If you can make boxes, that skill will translate into all your work. Joinery, measurements, finishes and assembly. Besides, they are useful and just plain fun!

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

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#14 posted 09-27-2018 01:27 AM

For a band saw box, I would probably use a 1/8” blade, for intricate work .. I use 3/4” stock on all my small boxes. my 5”x5 1/2” have mitered corners and my 7”x9” & 7”x11” have locking mitered corners. I currently have on my staining bench 5 of my 7”x9” red oak boxes. And on my work bench 5 of my 6 1/2”x7” mahogany w/pine corner posts. The first picture is a memorial box from a year ago.

This is a 16”x16”x24” paneled pine toy box w/a aromatic cedar lid. This one I made recently.

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#15 posted 09-27-2018 03:42 AM

I’ve been wanting to make some more boxes. Only one worth showing is not a fancy show box but was a fun puzzle box that uses a magic wand with a rare earth magnet to unlock it .

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-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#16 posted 09-27-2018 04:01 AM



They don t all have to be fancy Bandit. It only needs to be as good as it needs to be. The maple box, is that all frame and panel?

- JADobson

All Frame and Raised Panels.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#17 posted 09-28-2018 01:46 AM

Excellent work everyone.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#18 posted 09-30-2018 04:01 AM

Will this pass for a box? It measures 16” wide…19” tall and 9” deep

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#19 posted 09-30-2018 11:41 AM



Will this pass for a box? It measures 16” wide…19” tall and 9” deep

- AlaskaGuy


Absolutely! Very nice. The one in the background is remarkable also!

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

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#20 posted 09-30-2018 01:00 PM



This was an (almost) one day box build I did during the box swap. It was made quickly to help out a friend. I really like making boxes. They are by far my favorite projects to do. My philosophy is boxes are the basis for all wood working. If you can make boxes, that skill will translate into all your work. Joinery, measurements, finishes and assembly. Besides, they are useful and just plain fun!

- jeffswildwood

This is a very fine box!!

I saw the Schwarz on the Woodwright Shop on tv. He said every piece of furniture is a box or a shelf.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#21 posted 09-30-2018 03:41 PM

A rifle box. Walnut and maple.

-- 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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#22 posted 09-30-2018 04:04 PM



A rifle box. Walnut and maple.

- Gene Howe


Nice!

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#23 posted 09-30-2018 04:51 PM

Maple walnut and brass jewelry chest.

-- 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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#24 posted 09-30-2018 05:17 PM

There is one little tip I can pass along on gluing up a box… I mill a Tongue & Groove joint at the corners….helps when trying to glue up the four sides, by keeping things in alignment…

Doesn’t need to be too big…

Just enough to align the joint…

Groove the longer front and back…

Tongue on the ends, almost makes the corner post look like a square post.

A gouge to make the place for your fingers to raise the lid..

And the lid..

Walnut & Cherry….lid is all Walnut. Raised panel sides are Cherry.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#25 posted 09-30-2018 05:49 PM

Experimental box
Thought I would try doing the corners a little different.
It’s 3 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/2” high

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#26 posted 09-30-2018 09:16 PM



Experimental box
Thought I would try doing the corners a little different.
It s 3 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/2” high

- jbay


Experiment is definitely a success! I like it!

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

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#27 posted 09-30-2018 10:34 PM


Experimental box
Thought I would try doing the corners a little different.
It s 3 1/2 x 6 x 2 1/2” high

- jbay

Experiment is definitely a success! I like it!

- jeffswildwood


Agreed!

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#28 posted 10-01-2018 12:24 AM

Most definitely. That is slick.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#29 posted 10-01-2018 05:36 AM

Nice work Gene, love that rifle box.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#30 posted 10-16-2018 03:37 AM

In an effort to keep this thread alive I’ll show the piece I’m working on right now.

Perhaps it’s not truly a box as it will become a drawer in the bottom of a crib board but it’s close enough for me. Sides are 3/16” thick and overall dimensions are 5 1/2” x 3”. The back compartment holds a deck of cards perfectly, the front holds your pegs. Sides are dovetailed together.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#31 posted 10-16-2018 01:23 PM

I make and sell about 150 small boxes a year for over ten years now. Most are simple boxes made of cedar with images inlaid into the hinged lids. I have also made some Danish gift boxes by bending oak for the sides. They are called a “Tine” (pronounced “Tina”)

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#32 posted 10-16-2018 02:06 PM

look at this very cool box I received from hairy in the latest swap

I JUST LOVE IT :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#33 posted 10-16-2018 02:33 PM

Jim, that is a lot of boxes – are you full time at box making?

Tony that is a great box.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#34 posted 10-16-2018 03:25 PM

Really haven’t made that many boxes but have given it a try.

Note the little oak one in the corner too.

Here's the project page.

Got a hold of a mail box door so.

Project Page.

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#35 posted 10-16-2018 08:30 PM



Jim, that is a lot of boxes – are you full time at box making?

Tony that is a great box.

- JADobson

ALmost full time. I make boxes and about 1000 toys a year that we give to local children hospitals. I spend about 30 hours a week in my shop. Life is good!

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#36 posted 11-11-2018 11:04 PM

Bumping this back up with my latest box:

Walnut pen presentation box. More details in my projects.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#37 posted 11-12-2018 12:18 AM

I hope the image come through as i’m not very good at getting pictures to post.
This is a box i built for my daughter on her wedding day. Its called a unity box.
Her and her husband wrote a letter to each other and put a bottle of wine in the box and will
open it on their first anniversary.
the box is figured maple and walnut. i used my i box for all the finger joints and for making the lid.
It turned out better than i had hoped

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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#38 posted 11-12-2018 02:18 AM

a few of my boxes

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#39 posted 11-12-2018 02:22 AM

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#40 posted 11-12-2018 02:26 AM

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#41 posted 11-12-2018 02:30 AM

my wife took this picture. i have 4 beagles. we all need a laugh now and then.

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#42 posted 11-12-2018 02:37 AM

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#43 posted 11-12-2018 03:02 PM

Anyone who truly appreciates fine box building should review the projects of my friend LJ Roger Bean.
Roger passed away a while back but his legacy of very fine woodworking, particularly with respect to boxes, lives on in his project gallery here on LJ.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#44 posted 11-12-2018 03:58 PM

shipwright, oh no! I didn’t know Roger passed! I really hate to hear that. His boxes were among the best on here. A level of craftsmanship I could only hope to achieve. He will be missed!

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

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#45 posted 11-12-2018 04:16 PM

Wow Paul those boxes are incredible. What a fantastic craftsman. Definitely something to aspire to. Thanks.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#46 posted 11-12-2018 04:30 PM

I didn’t know he passed away. That’s sad. I always loved seeing his work.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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