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Ambrosia Maple, walnut splines, and a top that might be oak… not absolutely sure.

I have been spending a lot of time in the workshop. I am the kind of guy that is easily bored, so I try new things quite a bit. I wanted a different kind of lift for my box and found an oriental (?) design. Never did it before and probably did it wrong, but it came out OK. Only glue holds the circle and the lift… I hope it holds.


And I like the legs, they look good… but when I opened the box more than 90 degrees, it was tipsy.


I thought of several ways to fix it. First I put a chain on the lid. That helped a lot. Still though it needed to be a little more stable. I pondered and pondered. I would melt some lead… drill out the legs and pour the molten metal into the holes. But wait… would that set my box on fire? Char the wood? What if I miss the hole? Nix that idea.

Finally I decided to use a scrap of wood from the original board I had used for the box and glue it to the underside between the legs. That would add some weight. I did it, and it is stable enough. Next time I will extend the legs out to a wider, more stable point.


I am learning more everyday. Getting a little better. I didn't even have any kickbacks yesterday on the table saw!!!
Thanks for looking, your comments are always appreciated!

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Learning every day is a good thing. I really like the box. Very nice looking work. I like the fact that you used your imagination and experiment some. Not only do you learn, but you give some of us ideas as well.
 

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Very nice looking box and the lift looks great .
The legs are very pleasing and lift the box nicely.
You could try some round lead into a drilled hole and secure it with glue .
You did not mention the wood species and should add some inside pics .
 

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You did it right! That's a very beautiful box! Nice wood. The design is outstanding.
 

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Thanks Monte, Kiefer, and Surfside. Your comments are MUCH appreciated! I added some more pics, and as for species… wish I had a better pic of the top. I think it's oak of some kind.
 

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Beautiful box… really like the legs…great build.
 

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Innovation and creativity always saves the day…and you came up with some new ideas in the process.
Very nice.
 

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Great design elements, nicely incorporated in a very attractive box.
 

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It's always fun to try new designs and new woods. That one turned out nice. That top looks like red oak from here.
 

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Very cool
 

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Don't you love it when playing around turns out great. That maple makes the box. Good job.
 

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I'm like you Jerry, I like changing up things and pushing for new designs, very nice box.
 

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Great work,,, Love the splines….
 

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I like your spirit and this box. Nice handle!
 

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Just getting a little wood 'fix' before going off to my second graders. Nice design. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself!
 

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Excellent, Jerry! It has a great look! "What if I tried this" is the fun of it! Love tinkering!

Looked up the Knobs of Southern Indiana. Wasn't what I hoped, but sounds like you live in a beautiful area.
 

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Great job. Love the legs
 

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It looks nice, I too, like the legs and the grain on the front of the box is really cool!
 

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Jerry, experimenting is the real fun in box making. I like this lift idea. I think it adds to the design. Can't wait to see what you try next. Should be interesting. Have fun.

Sorry I couldn't stop by today. I have a section that needs bush hogging, and I needed to replace my brush hog's shear pin.
 

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Nice legs and hander. Ambrosia Maple is very beautiful.
 

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If you are having kickbacks on your saw get the micro jig grippers. Don't make the same mistake I did.. It hurts and is expensive.
 
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