Spider Web Box

This box measures 6.75"x 3.25"x 2.75". I don't know what the dark wood is, but the rest of the box is hard maple. It has a leather insert that is removable if desired. 

I finished this box even though I was sure it was going to be thrown out. I made a mistake early on and should have started over. I just kept adjusting what ever I had to in order to finish it. I’m sure you all know how that goes. I should have just started over instead of trying to save a few steps by pressing on.

I assembled the box and the insert before I noticed I had one panel upside down when I ran it through my laser for some details. Not wanting to start over I removed about 1/16” from all the outside of the box, removing all the laser design areas. Once I decide to fix something, I can’t let it go. After it was all sanded smooth, I wanted to add a stripe around the box where the top and bottom meet. I didn’t like the way it looked because it made the dimensions look wrong. The stripe made the top look like about one sixth or less of the height of the box. So I made a new top from the same wood used for the insert.

Now the box looked ok, but I still wasn’t happy because it was too plain and the sides were so thin in spots that only a small amount of wood wrapped around the bottom. I wasn’t worried about the box coming apart because there was enough surface with glue to hold it together.

I was about to give up with thinking this would ever become something anyone would want. A couple of days earlier my son had to do some linoleum prints for a course he is taking in college. He used some of my old tools I've had for over 40 years and had forgotten about. I decided to try and put some design on this box to hopefully make it a little more attractive. I’m not sure why I thought of a spider web, but I thought I’d give it a try since this box was a lost cause anyway.

Once I was done carving a design, I kind of liked it again. Not sure if anyone else would feel the same way, someone might want it, and if not I’ll use it for something in my shop. Thanks for looking, and reading all this crap.

.................. John D....................


awsum, the box looks good to me. And I enjoyed the narrative, could be the story about nearly everything I make. 
Yeah, I feel your pain with initial plans going south and no fixed plan B.

Really though, you recovered in a most excellent way! The inset lid blends perfectly with the style and the way you wrapped the web gives it a cool look and personality.
Only thing I would have added, not knowing where your mind was when you finally got to this point, would be to color in the web.

Nice work there John!
next time we do a box swap i know who should be the first to sign up ? 🤔😁

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

Me too Dan. It seems the older I get the more mistakes I make.

.................. John D....................

Thanks Bruce, if the curved lines were smoother, it might look better, but on a couple of them the tool slipped and I had to recover. If they were colored, it would highlight all my funky lines.

.................. John D....................

Larry, I know you keep trying to get me in the swaps, but I'm not organized enough. I'm better at just watching what everyone else does.

.................. John D....................

Looks like a fine recovery, John. 

May you have the day you deserve!

Nice! That is a good story of constant adjustment until you're done.
Good use of contrasting timbers.  Like the web!
Forgive me for finding some comfort that others run into "project issues" that result in "opportunities" to go in another direction (unfortunately, pretty much all of my projects involve this to some extent). I think this turned out great.  Glad you didn't scrap it early on.
I think it looks great! Nicely done!

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

Persistence to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  That takes an imaginative craftsman. 
Thanks Dave

Thank you Steve, sometimes I’m like a fighter that doesn’t have the sense to fall down.

Thanks Madburg, do you have any idea what the dark wood might be? It’s very dense and heavy.

Well Barb, no forgiveness needed. I think most of us have small problems every now and then. I just happened to have a lot of them on this box.

Thanks Ryan, I appreciate it.

Thank you Ross, nice of you to say.

.................. John D....................

Nice interesting detail,  the box is great.   


I'm familiar with problems...yesterday I was cutting bevels in hard maple for a project so had to take multiple passes.  As I "finished" one, I realized I neglected to flip the board and so the bevel was opposite of what I needed it to be.  The box will now be a little less deep.  As I looked at it, I kept repeating "it will be fine"...
Great write up and a really interesting box...sometimes you just need to hang in there and something cool comes out of it. 
Sharp looking project, great job !!!
John I wish everything I messed up I did as professional looking job of it like you do. I mean I have made a few trainwrecks that would never see the light of day here or any other forum.
Thanks Ron I appreciate it.
Yes Barb, I guess we all do it occasionally. Just make it a little smaller, no one will ever know.🙄
Thanks Tom, glad you enjoyed the story.
Thanks so much Mel.
Thanks for the nice comment George.

.................. John D....................

Cool web detail!!