WoodworkingWeb Theme: Wooden BOXES

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an “outside the box” kind of person! I like to take an idea and stretch it, play with it, distort it, expand on it, and, well, think outside of it.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like boxes. As a matter of fact, when I first began my journey into the woodworking world, I just wanted to make a box, any box, just a box. I love boxes. I love the practicality of them, the stackability of them, and the sturdiness of them.

I soon discovered, as I entered the world of the woodworker, that boxes aren’t just four sides, a bottom, and perhaps a lid — no, no, no… they are pieces of art!! Woodworkers young and old have created the most extraordinary “outside the box” boxes, with unique shapes and designs, masterful joinery, beautiful artwork and other unique additions to that “just a box” box.

Our WoodworkingWeb members have not let me down. Check out these wooden BOXES

You can find all of the BOXES tagged as such here: http://woodworkingweb.com/creations/tagged/20-box


  • Want to tackle making a box? Well, why not start with something as simple as a sewing box, like MontyJ did. Ok, first of all it is not a simple box but it IS extraordinary! A job well done, MontyJ, especially for a first project. You can follow the build here, in his blog series: LINK
  • And then there is the BIG box — a planer table/cabinet. Yes, a cabinet is a big box with drawers! (See? I’m thinking a tad outside the box on this one.) Check out HorizontalMike’s progress here: LINK


(TIP: don’t forget to tag your blogs & forum discussions, as well as your creations, so we can get them added to the list. Thanks)


Now it’s your turn: show us your Wooden BOX – whether it is a first project, a practical 4 sides and a bottom, or a piece of art that will never hold anything other than people’s attention. Tag your box as such (BOX) and then share them here in the comments as well.


  • I’d love to hear your ideas for that “dream box”, that something special that you want to build one day.
  • What are your questions re: building a box or building that special box?
  • And don’t forget those “kudos” for our box-builders!

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Some real nice boxes shown here Debbie. I hope to have some new ones in the near future which I will be sure to post. My main frustration when it comes to making boxes is the limited types of wood for sale here in Norway. However, I am now getting into veneer through my new interest in Marquetry and I should be able to make much more interesting boxes (and I hope other stuff too) using decorative veneers and/or marquetry to decorate them with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Then my favorite box that I kept for myself.

Made from some mystery lumber pulled out of a Wisconsin barn floor. This was my first attempt at hand cut dovetails.

HZ Mike: I wouldn’t be so bold as to say I invented doweled box joints (I don’t think there is very much new under the Sun where WWing is concerned, other than methods), but I did at least re-invent them!
The thought came to me back in the 1970’s, but wasn’t used until about 2005, when I started making my first boxes…
You would laugh if you had seen the first few times it was tried, I didn’t have complete confidence that it wasn’t going to explode on me… I taped and clamped the corners, not sure if there wasn’t something inherently wrong with the idea!
But it has worked very well… There’s nothing wrong with Glue, of course, but I like the idea of a mechanical connection (I’m a big fan of Timber Framing!)
IanW: Thanks again! The Rosewood was a gift, I’ve never looked at the prices of it… Not sure if I would buy it at any price though, as I understand it’s very close to being on the endangered and unsustainable list… It’s a shame that they’re not trying to renew it as quickly as they harvest it, because it truly is some of the most beautiful Wood in the World…
It’s a pleasure to work with too! Hard as nails, but it machines really, really well…

I made some simple Hinges for the Box yesterday, but have yet to attach them…

Hidden hinge pin this time…

-- Mike, in Concord, NH - A candle loses none of its flame by lighting another candle...

It’s coming together great Mike.
I never worked with rosewood. Every time I look at it, I feel it’s extremely expensive.
It sure is beautiful though.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Here are some boxes I have not posted before on this or other sites.
The first is a charging box made from poplar with a top from cherry plywood and mahogany trim.
The second is well not square. Made from white oak, red oak and cherry. Fun getting the angles just right.

-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Fine Work Ian!
I love that style you’ve made too Barb, especially the small box joints! What do you use to cut them?
Yesterday, I got the box this far…
Was ready to call it a day, but still had some time… Decided to cut the top off…
All that’s left is to make some hinges, and some way to lift the lid on the front…

-- Mike, in Concord, NH - A candle loses none of its flame by lighting another candle...

I’ve made several designs, but one of my favorites is this sliding-lid box with finger joints at the corners. The single one is in Sycamore, and several others in Apple wood.

-- Might As Well Dance : http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

The quilt box was supposed to be a cutting board. There was just too many gaps during the glue up so I recut, resaw and turned it in an easy miter box, a technique BritBoxMaker came up with .

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I forgot the best one I built at the insistence of my younger son; 5 years old then.
He was literarily asking every few minutes if it was done. He insisted to color it -:)
It also the occasion to test my spline jig.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I made my first box after seeing the design from Blake. That was when It all started.

Then I made this one from a plan for valentine for my wife.

Then a couple more based on Britboxmaker design and blogs.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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