Kleenex Boxes

Needed something to build and needed a present for two neighbors that looked after our house while we wintered in AZ.  So off to the board store to pick out some colorful wood.  Settled for Bloodwood, Wenge and Yellow Heart.  Could not get 6/4 or 8/4 so built my own by laminating 4/4.

Squared up and glued into blocks to be bandsawn into fat 1/4" planks.  They sat around too long and some warps developed in the thin planks.

I used my BIL's sled and TS to cut the miters.  Turned out ok but not as good as hoped for.

Finished with 5 coats of Blonde Shellac.  Used Timbermate ebony filler for mistakes.  Really like that stuff.

The one for traditional sized box of tissues is for DW.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ


Nice blend of color, look great.
These just slip over the tissue box?
Like the use of multiple woods.   Nicely done.


Great looking boxes. I use to have my middle school students make them out of pine. Too bad exotic wood of hardwood was cost prohibitive. I bet your house sitters were happy.
Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

nice boxes dave, love the wood combo !

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

Ditto on the wood combination. The boxes look great! 
On my to do list. 

Cool gd'... and thanks for making the effort to put some extra detail into your presentation...

Blonde shellac and Timbermate are two of my favourite workshop tools.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Splinter G,
Yep just slide over the tissue box.

I love the look of laminated boxes too.  Pretty much my go to style, pretty easy to get a striking result with some planning.

Wood M,
Geez fancy lumber is $$.  Was about $130 with my WW Club 10% ditscount.  Made a mistake and pick some boards out of the buy the pound bucket.  Does make 4 boxes.

Ryan, Pottz & Dan B,
Thanks for commenting.  Put the potting bench up for the Craftisian gardner.

Was going to add "Wellermart" blonde shellac, DW was wanting to go see our son and g-kid.  Lov me some Timbermate too.  The best black filler that is actually black.


When cutting miters pushed down with a block of wood to make the cupped boards flat to the sled.  Picture 3 was proof of concept to me that I could pull the miters tight.

Picture 2 you will see bleeding from the bloodwood into the end grain of the Yellow Heart, damn I know better.  Tried sanding out but the end grain was going to take too much cutting to get it out.  That box was the first to get finish.  On the other boxes ran blue frog tape around on the YH and put 3 coats of shellac on the bloodwood letting it dry for 24 plus hours before trying coating the entire box.  Took a lot of tape.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

They look great - nice choice of colors!
Thanks Steve.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Beautiful little boxes, and a nice gift for folks watching the house. Well done.

Like the one you make for the box swap, still being used in the living room.

Main Street to the Mountains

I too liked the swap box, joints are much better.  I didn't let the thin sides sit around and warp on your box.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ

Yes, thin stock needs to be glued up quickly. Or weighted down while other parts are being milled.

Main Street to the Mountains