Box Swap 2023 - gdaveg

Eric - the “Loft” is my Box Swap recipient.  At first I was worried that I would not finish on time.  But the build gained momentum. 

I decided on a Kleenex box.  It is simple to build and lessened my angst.  

My Box Swap project is constructed with Bubinga, Soft Maple & Wenge woods.  My available choices of Bubinga were 4/4 and 12/4 since the ideal size of 8/4 was limited to one board which had a boring grain pattern.  I chose a nice piece of 12/4 and cut it to match the 8/4 width.

The Maple & Wenge were face/flat sawn material.  The wood was orientated so the edges show quarter sawn grain pattern.

The boards were laminated and the top of the laminated block was marked so the tops of all the sides could be oriented the same to help assure stripe alignment.

The cross cut sleds in the shop have gotten loose and thus no longer cut true 90 degrees and would compromise the box build quality.  So I built a small sled that allows both 90 degree and 45 degree cuts.  The 5 cut method was used to calibrate the sled fence to the blade.  The new sled cuts are extremely close to 90.

I used a mix of hardwood plywood and BB.  The hardwood plywood had MDF layers which allowed for a split to occur in the rear fence due to the attachment screws.  A new fence was constructed of maple hardwood and all was good.

The box body went very well, the miters are tight and the box diagonals measure the same.

The lid was drilled and glued to the body, I utilized a threaded rod and two pieces of lumber to create a “Box Guy” clamp.

To limit sanding I decided to trim the lid overhang as close to the body as comfortably possible.  The first three sides went well, side 4 was a different story.  Was just starting the cut and saw that the blade would cut into the body if I proceeded.  I was lucky and stopped before the blade cut into the side.  This necessitated cutting the lid off the box and making a new lid.  There was plenty of laminated wood left to allow this.

The finish is Watco Semi-Gloss spray lacquer. I don’t like it as well as Deft brand (which appears to be unavailable)

Some extras were sent along with the box, a pair of coasters built with Chinese Elm, Bloodwood & Maple.  The Chinese Elm came from a tree in our daughters back yard which was cut 2.5 years ago and dried in our AZ garage.  I gave daughter a set of 4.

I also sent a push stick which is copied from the most used style in the Arizona shop.

The last extra is a book written by Craftisian member Dennis Zongker on box building, titled “Wooden Boxes: Skill-Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects”.
Here is a link to this book: 

I really enjoyed participating in this swap and building the box, which has the usual glitches in them that seem to occur in all my builds.

Dave Goff

daveg, SW Washington & AZ


Very well-crafted Dave, and the finish is wonderful. They have been put to good use here in the house. The push stick sits with the table saw and is a great fit, going to try not to cut through the bottom. The book will give me incentive to excel in the area of making boxes, as I get more under my belt. Thanks again Dave wonderful Swap Items.

Thanks for participating in the Swap.

Main Street to the Mountains

Love the clean and crisp style Dave! Not only did you get a fine box project into your portfolio, you got the motivation to upgrade some shop jigs, always a win!

great tissue box dave,. i guess we were on the same wave length, i used the same woods on mine 😁

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice work! You gave me a lot to consider, well done!

You can have my girl but don't touch my hat. Lyle Lovett

That is one fine tissue box Dave!  Great wood/color combination here.

~ Mystery by Design ~

I want one, haha. The corners are so tight and very clean finish! good job:)

No name noobie here

A beautiful wood combo there, Dave, with the coasters too.  And I would also like to get my hands on a copy of Dennis´ book

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

That is a wonderful package. The tissue holder is just beautiful. Adding the push stick and book is a nice touch.
Nice work!

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer


Cut the bottom as needed, it can be reshaped and good to go again.  Usually use 5/8" or 3/4" ply to make them. But had that 7/16 stuff on hand.  Want to thank the other swap participants for not posting while I was struggling to get my story and pics put together.
Had it all done and just insert file into the project description area for new project post and would. have been done.
I saw 5 MB file limitation and mine was over 24 MB.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Very nice Dave. 👌

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.


Cool box.  I like your wood choices and resaw idea.


Dave, that push stick works great for the thin stock, I may copy the design using some 3/4" birch plywood for the larger stuff. It holds stuff down nicely next to the blade. Thank you again. And that tissue box has been put to good use here in the Livingroom. 

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice work, Dave!

May you have the day you deserve!

a very nice tissue box i got a beauty also from pottz GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Thanks for the comments.  Spent yesterday with doc appt, and getting more done on our taxes.  Just getting back to looking over the 2 projects that I had not read yet.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

That is a beautiful wood combination on that tissue box Dave. Really clean looking and useful too 👍

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Nice work Dave. Wood sleds seem to need a rebuild after enough cuts, so also a useful jig for future use as well.