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Latest batch of boxes...

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Here's a few more boxes that I've managed to knock out over the past few months..

The first is maple and walnut...a request from the LOML for one of her church ladies buddies...The lil music box is a simple 8 note that actually sounded pretty nice...Amazing Grace...finish is spray can lacquer...

the 2nd was for my son-in-laws mother...Just a good ole country gal, so I though she would like something along these lines... wood is spalted maple..inlay was purchased from Rockler...finish is spray can lacquer..

Third and perhaps one of the nicest boxes I've done was for my daughter...she hinted around for something a little 'classy'.. so I thought I'd give doing a little inlay work on my own a try. Nothing too terribly difficult and I think it turned out very well. Wood is quilted maple top, curly maply sides and solid ebony trim....Finish is spray can lacquer.

Got another 4 more in the works down in the shop and thats it for a while....finally broke down and took a commissioned project. A nice walnut/rosewood/maple sitdown chess table and board.....really looking forward to this one...

thanks for lookin'.

edited to add one more... box for my grandson...white oak/walnut/pinknot cherry top.....finish is rattle can poly.....This one really turned out nicely...the proud box joints took an otherwise rather plain box and added a nice dimension... All of the boxes with the exception of the church ladies box, have a flocked insides...glue was/is the same color as the flocking dust.. really made getting a nice finish on the inside possible...


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Thank you Lee... *S*...
Appreciate it Ron.. thank you...:)
Thank you Doug....

Just go for it *S* For what ever reason, folks just seem to like boxes...

Very nice work, Bill. I'm just starting to get into boxes and hope to do as well sometime.
Thank ya Mike,,,,

Her box turned out to be a beauty.. the pictures really don't do the box justice. I just love working with quilted maple. Working with the ebony was/is another story altogether. Gheezzz that stuff is fussy, but sure does finish up nice..

Nicely done Bill. My favorite is the one for your daughter.
I do hope you enjoy making it as much as I did mine Ray...

sooooooooooo many options, soooooooooooooo little time...*S*

Very inspiring, you have given me an excellent project to start on, thank you

James, If I may be so bold "thank ya mate"..

As we say in Australia, Bill.

Not too shabby...........
Thank ya Mark... much appreciated...

Wow, I love them, great work!
Thank you for the kind words Bill... *S*

The 'bumps' on the deco sides was done on the router table. Just repeated passed at 1/4" intervals with a pointy bit. then laid into the sides of the box. As for the joinery on the box, for the lid I went with lap joints. Very simple to make on the router table or tablesaw. I like the router table more, it tends to leave behind a much smoother finish. I went with lapped joints to expose more endgrain, thereby tying the lid in with the body of the box. I used a stopped rabbet on the inside edges and then squared them away with a chisel. leaving behind about a 1/4" recess to lay top panel into place. Its not unlike making a picture frame with the panel being the center piece. I finished off the joinery by running the "frame" on the table saw set at an angle. I have no idea what angle *L*, I just tilted the blade until I thought it looked any more questions, don't hesitate to ask..

All four of them sing out 'splendid craftsmanship' to me. The one for your grandson is the one that I would be most inclined to try to build myself. I am curious how you went about crafting in the bumps on the deco side inlays. I'm also curious about the joinery you used on the outer portion of the top. Panel construction is an aspect of woodworking that I am itching to explore. By that I mean making a panel by constructing a 4 piece frame that encloses what ever the inner portion of the panel turns out to be.
Thank You John.....

I humbly submit that they do all like them. The problem comes when they get company and then get asked "where, who,,,,etc.." and its is followed by more often than not by..."can he, would he, does he.....etc.."...*L*..

Awesome job!!!!!!! I'm sure your family will love them. :yes4:
Thank you for the kind words Jim. She really did like the box when we gave it to her..I'm thinking that this inlay stuff has a huge amount of potential for custom work...and the great thing is that it is quite affordable..

Some very nice work there, Bill. I absolutely love the box for your daughter.
Roger, I can remember thinking that very same thing years and years ago...*LOL*...

Amazing! I hope to do stuff like that when I grow up. :D
Holly smokes Mike, where do I begin *L*...ummmmmmm

Thank you for the kind words...*S* ohhhhhhhh annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddd

the comments *S*..

Actually I can see exactly what you are saying and really have to agree to a certain extent on the last box. But there is a bit of a story behind it. My grandson like to come down to my shop and tinker around with me. when he found out I was making him a box, the first thing he wanted to do was PAINT it....Ohhhh NO< NO< NO< says I..we don't paint wood down here I told him...:no::no::no::no::no:
Well needless to say, that completely bummed him out...*L* so, I said, lets make a deal, instead of painting it, you can pick out what you would like to to do with it. The top matches the top of a dresser and picture frame I made for him last year, the sides should have been clairo walnut to match the drawer fronts to his dresser, but he wanted to use the oak..he liked the rays *S*, so I had to put some walnut in there somewhere, so i suggested 3 panels, he said OK, but make them bumpy...I asked why, he said cuz...welp, thats all it took for me to say ok to that. So I do agree somewhat that the box is a bit busy, but all in all I feel it came out quite nicely. Once its sits atop his dresser with the pinknot cherry top,,, I think it will fit in very well.

I must agree with you on the inlay work,,,the more I play around, the easier it gets. I've found an xacto knife to be the best cutting tool so far, but have ordered a carbon steel scalpel to give a try...

Hi Bill,

I love them all!

I like the contrasting woods and the raised cross on the first box.

I like the shape of the second box, and the inlay went very well with your choice of wood for the box.

The inlay work you did on the box for your daughter looks nice and again choice of woods was excellent. The more you do inlay of your own the more fun you'll have and the possibilities are endless.

The last box has quite a bit going on there, almost too much for my taste. That raised panel you made for the top was a great choice of wood, you really let the beauty of the wood show through, but I think the panel could have stood on it's own without the raised effect. The box joints being left proud of the faces is a good look and showcases the end grain of the wood. Then there is the raised checker board panels you added on the sides and front, good looking on their own but kind of over kill. Those things said, over all, real nice work on all the individual elements that went into this box, just think there were too many ideas used at one time. I'm sure you grandson will love the box and always think of you when he looks at it.

Good work!

Thanks for posting the pictures and I look forward to seeing more of your work,
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Thanks billyjim...

anyone that goes by "billyjim' is alright by me!!!!!

Very nice. Thanks for sharing
John.. always appreciate a kind word from you....

don't be going an dating yourself by bringing ole ruth buzzy into this *LOL*.

and I refuse to admit I know what your referring to...*S*

Just great work Bill. Ruth Buzy would love the first one. Back to painting the fence for me.
Howdy Russ,,, and thank you for the kind words. I am constantly amazed at just how people react and like boxes.. For me, the biggest thing is to just do em for the fun of it and the reactions they get. That and there is just an endless number of ways to put a box together....Just getting started, learn from you mistakes, Like HarrySin says, make features out of them when you can... and enjoy...

Most excellent. My wife likes and collects boxes. She saw these, and like everyone else we both said wow. Hope to please here by doing something like this one day. I`m just
getting started though. Nice work.

Thank you James, very much appreciated...

Those are really nice! I really like the last one.
He sure did Mike.. and that makes it even more speical..He's at an age now, th at I do hope he remembers all about it 50 years from now :) He loves to tinker down in the shop...using little more than some of my more "disposable" hand tools *L*..but he has gotten on the drill press supervised and just thinks its the coolest thing goin'.
I do hope we have another woodworker in the works...

as for the scalpels... I've tried a couple from the bay that I ordered. very sharp, don't seem to last as long as the x-acto's and considerably more flimsy/flexable. Not really a big fan. However, this guy:

Paul Schurch Woodwork, veneer, marquetry, furniture, seminars, tools, supplies

has been my source for alot of tools and he does handle the carbon steel scalpels. Reasonably priced... I have 2 ordered to give em a go.

Hi Bill,

So your grandson helped his grandpa design the box, how can I argue with that!!!!:cray:
Hopefully one day he will understand why you don't want to paint your boxes. It's great when the kids or grand kids take an interest in your hobby, it makes it that much more enjoyable.

Like you say i find that an x-acto knife is the best tool to cut veneer inlay with. I haven't tried a scalpel so let me know how it works.

Work safe, Have fun,
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