Curved top boxes

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Project by Warren posted 03-13-2018 01:04 AM 1151 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished something for my first post here.
These are curved top boxes that could be used for jewelry, candy, or whatever. The box on the right was a test piece that I made out of 2X4’s re-sawn to 3/8” thick; overall it is 10” X 5” X 4”. The top was milled on a router jig from a 2X6 and has a radius of curvature of about 12.5” and is about 3/8” thick. The dovetails were cut on a router table using a dovetail jig that I designed for small boxes and trays using a straight ¼” cutter for the pins, and 5/16” 8 deg. dovetail bit for the tails. Was looking for a sort of minimalist look, so no hinges, just a ¼” ball bearing set in counter-sinks at the back edge of the top and the box sides – barely visible in one of the pics (won’t do that again). The other box on the left was made from birch milled from some large branches trimmed from a backyard tree. Same approach as with the other box, but radius of curvature of the top is about 6”, and I used 1/8” brass pins for the hinges. Overall dimensions are 8 ¾ X 5 ¾ X 4”

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 01:31 AM

Really nice work and fun to look at.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 01:57 AM

Good looking boxes.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 02:10 AM

I love those boxes, the wood, the workmanship, and I hope to do some myself!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 08:54 AM

Good looking little boxes!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 11:57 AM

This is a great looking box hard to believe it’s made from 2×4s.very nice work, especially for a test piece.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 02:53 PM

Very nice. 2X4s…..go figure. Isn’t it amazing where one finds beauty in wood. I just realized I have way more wood to make boxes than I did before viewing your project. Thanks for sharing!!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 04:03 PM

Both are great looking boxes. I like seeing what people can salvage from tree trimmings and you did an excellent job on the birch and pine boxes. Thanks for posting.


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#8 posted 03-13-2018 08:01 PM

These boxes are so nice and beautifully done. I like the design and the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-14-2018 01:55 AM

Wow, they look very nice…..GREAT job!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#10 posted 03-14-2018 02:03 AM

Very cool. Hope to see more soon.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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