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Just a simple little box that was fun to make. A few pieces of African Mahogany and a slice of Walnut. I thought about making a sliding dovetail box like the WoodWhisperer demonstrated before Christmas, but I need more practice. So, I thought I would make the top rotate a bit. And, rather than move the whole top it seemed quaint to put a little cut in it.

That's where the slice of Walnut comes in; the saw blade left a bit of a gap. Then the four corner plugs were to cover a bit of stupidity on my part. I clearly marked the side where I needed to drill for the dowel to allow the top to rotate. However, when I actually drilled the hole, I totally disregarded my mark. Thus, to cover the hole on the wrong side of the top, I drilled holes in the other three corners and plugged them. That wasn't the plan, but worked out okay.

The box is 5 1/4 inches square and about 3 inches tall. The top doesn't lock in any way, but it is ever so slightly deceptive. Relatively simple and kinda fun.

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Very nice! There have been many times when I added a decorative item for the purpose of covering up one of my mistakes (of which there have been many).
 

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Make my little box want to hide… ;0) Nice finish too. I like the look of contrasting plugs on things. I use them a lot to add to the design as well as cover them steel pegs (like Maloof used to say). Most people think they're real pegs.
 

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Sweet! I think the plugs actually add a little more "mystery" as to how the box opens - it tells the holder that the box is attached on all four corners. Great choice in contrasting woods as well!

Good build!

-bob
 

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Very nice, Mark was looking for some small project o do I hope he can see that.
 

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I think it looks better with the plugs. Its' funny how often I cover up my mistakes with something decorative and when I look at it later, I think it looks better.
 

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looks good. The slice certainly adds interest. I was thinking for a lock- maybe a couple of those super strong magnets to hold it closed until you are really ready to open it…
 

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I like how the grain of the side is matched to the top. I usually wrap around the sides to match the grain. I will have to try this look. Very nice.
 

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Custom Design Elements, not mistakes. I wish the hell you guys would learn the terminology of woodworking!
 

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Cool box well done.
 

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Nice save with the plugs.
 

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Very nice box & a nice save with the walnut I think it really adds to the piece.
 

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Nicely done box. Difference between pro and amateur is how well they can cover their mistakes… you did pro level.
 

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We can tell each other here at LumberJocks about our mistakes and how we cover them up, but, Rule #1; What happens at LumberJocks stays at LumberJocks. Nice job!!
 

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Looks good Russel, you really like the AM don't you.
 

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Fantastic box. Love the walnut accents. The plugs add a lot of interest to the top.

I agree with papadan, they are NOT mistakes. I call them "Mid Proccess Design Changes" ( I do them ALL the time)haha

Keep up the great work.

Scrappy
 

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Russel… I certainly like this one and will try one as soon as I have made a zillion Lazy Larrys… LOL and a few cutting boards….
 

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Great job and a great look design.
I'm glad that I'm the only one that have to alter plans to cover up my mistakes.
Great save.
 

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Russell:
I've made a similar box with some mistakes as well
Idea: use small rare earth magnets to use as holds to keep box closed.
then it would be harder to open.
Bruce
 

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Great job with the box. I find that almost all the time I use plugs is to hide a mistake or poorly drilled hole. When I do, I never try to use the same wood and blend it in. If you do, people notice because it looks like a mistake. If you use contrasting wood like you did, it pops out and looks like artistic inginuity. Mistake, what mistake?

If you want the lid to "lock", you could grab a pair of 3/16" rare earth magnets and glue them sideways between the side of the moving lid and the side of the walnut. It would give just enough stick to keep it tight, but you could still open it easily. You can get the rare earth magnets at radio shack for about $1. They're sold for stereo cabnits, but they work great for small box lids. Note-make sure you measure the diameters with some calipers before drilling the hole. (They are never the size they say they are on the package)

Great job on the box.
 
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