I do the coved boxes in groups of 10 or more. Helps make some of the steps a little more efficient but the wood determines size so they are all a little different in length-height and width. I also change the top and bottom profiles-the feet and the lid. Great way to showcase those small wild pieces of wood you have tucked away. I love using Walnut Big leaf Maple and cherry- we are so lucky to have these woods in abundant supply. All pieces of BLM are guitar blank rejects. I buy them by the pallet. Pretty cheap wood for what you get.
If you get sick of boxes tell me- I build a lot of them.


Who could possibly get sick of boxes, and wonderful wood. Cutting boards, perhaps, but not boxes. LOL You have more discipline than I do; I seem incapable of making the same box even twice. Nice work.

Thanks Roger-but if you ever saw my shop, you would take back the discipline comment!

You did great with the “rejects”.
Do you do the cove on the table saw or shaper? I don’t remember seeing a big bit to accommodate the cove on the router.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


Those are certainly some stunning wood grains that look even greater with your fine craftsmanship.


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Never get tired of seeing your boxes, Mike. Happy New Year! Raise a glass to More Wood!

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Thanks Barb- May your new year be twice as good as this one. More wood?? anytime you drop in I will have wood!!!

I wish I had the access to the wood that you do. I would have about fifty more guitars if it was available. But you have some fine boxes there, nicely made.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Just unbelievable! You are a great Craftsman in what you do. Where do you find such beautiful wood? I need to build an Urn for my wife to put part of her brother in and that wood would be so beautiful in an Urn shape.

Jeff Vandenberg aka "Woodsconsin"

Beautiful!! Mike. I Never get tired of beautiful hardwood boxes. You have a unique design that works. Very attractive.


Beautiful woods and amazing boxes, great work

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Super boxes and the BLM wood is so beautiful.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

These are SO beautiful! So interesting that you get the guitar drops – “one man’s trash…” What’s the species in the second photo? It’s spectacular! Beautiful craftsmanship.

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