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So here we go. My first box.

Cherry/Maple, not sure what to call the joints… rabbeted miters? Mitered rabbets?

Either way it's finished with a bunch of coats of tung oil, and measures 14" x 7" x 4"

I've got a ways to go… you're always your own hardest critic, right?

Please disregard the chip-outs, burn marks, imperfect joints and table saw slips. It's my box and I love it, despite its flaws… Mostly because I made it!

I do welcome any constructive criticism… both from a design and an execution standpoint.

Thanks!

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nice work…I hope I can do as well on my first box (coming up next in my project list!)
 

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Not Bad for your first one!

You probably picked the most difficult joint of all, for your first try. The mitered corner is a real bear to make!

Chip outs happen to all of us! A sharp blade, a backer/sacrificial board and zero clearance blade insert will help reduce them but even so- they happen!

A couple more boxes and you'll have this stuff down perfectly.

Lew
 

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the challenge of a new project miraculously leads to a newer one. but from every step comes experience and deeper knowledge. these are paths of private victory along which noone walks with you. we do our best to share the feeling of accomplishment but shall never know the exact nature of yours…for the thoughts you had when you created this were your own…about your life and the lives of others and the revelations of this world in which you find yourselves. what others may see as complex or simple is a moment of recorded time that only you may fully see the depth of its creation. share more of these gifts with us as you create them for we shall appreciate every one.
 

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Nice job on the box. It's hard to add anything to Barry's post.

There're be no holding you back now. After all, most furniture and cabinetry is an extension of what you've done here. They're just boxes with embellishments such as doors, drawers, legs, moldings ,trim etc..
 

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I think it looks great.
All that matters is that you love it.
All the best.
 

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nice selection of lumber! as Lew said, the miter joints are the most horrific to work with as they don't "grab" much while you're putting it together, and any .001" misalignment shows in the final piece. nice job on the box! would be nice to see more pictures that show the box opened , more joinery pictures, and inside-construction.

:)

seems like you enjoyed this one, and I have a feeling there are more to come. bring it on!
 

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This is a great little box, I think you did a terrific job. Mitered corners are tough, and yours look really good…

Steve.
 

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Excelent job… Much better than my first. Good job with the miters and the dimensioning, it will be a keeper for a long time to come and a point of refrence in the future as to how far you've progressed. There are many box makers here on LJ's that can be of inspiration, and a few well knowns like Doug Stowe and Andrew Crawford you should check out. Keep up the good work.

One recomendation on future boxes, make them thin enough to accomodate your hardware and thick enough to give them substance and no more.

Tom
 

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There is alot to like about this box, particularly as it is your first. Well done.

Tony Ward
 
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