Boxy Boxes

Boxes are my first love in woodworking.  As my skills and abilities progress I hope to think more and more "outside-the-box", so to speak, with my box designs.    The possibilities for unique designs are staggering, truly limited only by the scope of the imagination.

I hope you enjoy my efforts up to this point.  Thanks for looking!  

Spalted Oak Men's Valet
Spalted Oak Men's Valet

You never know what you will find in the trash.  This absolutely stunning piece of spalted oak was in the throw away pile at a local saw mill.  It was too small for them to sell so I got it for free.  To think that God brings such beauty by using a fungus to affect the wood in this way!

One man's trash is most definitely another man's treasure!

The legs are made out of salvaged black walnut and the interior is lined with leather.  This unique piece is one piece I am definitely keeping for myself!

Dimensions:  

3 1/4"H x 10"L x 6"D

SOLD 

Spalted Oak Leather Lined Men's Valet with Black Walnut Legs
Spalted Oak Leather Lined Men's Valet with Black Walnut Legs
Curly Maple Lined Walnut Keepsake Box with Tile Mosaic Lid
Walnut Lift-Lid Box

This medium sized lift-lid box is made with dark, rich walnut with accents and interior made from a beautifully chatoyant curly maple.  The lid is inlayed with ceramic mosaic.  It is finished with Danish oil and rubbed wax.
Dimensions: 6 3/8”W x 3 7/8”D x 2 ½”H

SOLD

Curly Maple Lined Walnut Keepsake Box with Tile Mosaic Lid
Large Reclaimed Oak Box with Leather Hinges

This box, one of my all time favorites, is made from reclaimed oak floorboards.  It is constructed with lap joints reinforced with red oak dowels. The double lid is attached with leather hinges.  It is finished with Danish oil.  I did a minimal amount of milling to the wood in order to preserve its beautiful look and unique character.
Dimensions:
Outer: 9 ¼”W x 14 ¾”D x 4 ½”H
Inner: 7 ¾”W x 13 ¼”D x 3 ½”H

SOLD

Large Reclaimed Oak Box
Large Reclaimed Oak Box with Leather Hinges
Large Reclaimed Oak Box with Leather Hinges
Large Reclaimed Oak Box with Leather Hinges
Reclaimed Oak Box
Reclaimed Oak Box

This is probably one of my favorite boxes.  It was also one of the hardest to make since the wood wasn't square or planed to the same thicknesses.  It is made from oak that is obviously reclaimed.  The miter joints are reinforced with oak dowels.

Dimensions: 6”W x 4"D x 3”H

SOLD

Reclaimed Oak Box
Oak Crotchwood Box with Sliding Lid
Oak Crotch Wood Box with Sliding Walnut Lid and Leather Clasp
Oak Crotch Wood Box with Sliding Walnut Lid and Leather Clasp
Oak Crotch Wood Box with Sliding Walnut Lid and Leather Clasp
Oak Crotch Wood Box with Sliding Walnut Lid and Leather Clasp

This box was made as a gift and my wife was very sad to see it go.  It is one of her favorite pieces that I have made.  The sides are made of oak crotch wood.  Crotch wood is formed where two branches of a tree come together or where a branch joins the trunk of the tree.  It is also called "feathered" or "plumed" because of the gorgeous figure it forms in the wood.

The ends of the box and the sliding lid are made from black walnut.  The closure/clasp is made of leather.  It is finished with several coats of lacquer. 

Dimensions: 10"D x 4"W x  3/4"H

SOLD

Reclaimed Wormy Chestnut Trinket Box with Stone Tile Lid
Reclaimed Wormy Chestnut Trinket Box with Stone Tile Lid
Reclaimed Wormy Chestnut Trinket Box   with Stone Tile Lid

This little trinket box is made from a solid piece of reclaimed wormy chestnut.  It has a red stone tile lift lid and is lined with leather.  It is another piece that I think I may hang onto for myself.  It is finished with a couple coats of lacquer.   

Dimensions: 5"L x 3"D x  2 1/4"H

$30

Walnut Recipe Box with Wormy Chestnut Lid
Walnut Recipe Box with Wormy Chestnut Lid
Walnut Recipe Box with Wormy Chestnut Lid
Walnut Recipe Box with Wormy Chestnut Lid

This box represents my first ever attempt at box joints. The customer wanted a recipe card box for her daughter that could also act as a stand for the cards while cooking.  The box is made of black walnut and the lid is made of wormy chestnut.  It is finished with several coats of polyurethane.

SOLD

Spalted Maple Keepsake Box with Black Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges and Lining
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box with Black Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges and Lining
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box

This keepsake box is made from a beautiful piece of spalted maple.  Wood spalts when a particular type of fungus gets into the wood.  It is amazing what God can do with a fungus to bring such beauty to wood.  The lid is black walnut.  The hinges and the interior lining are leather.

 

Dimensions: 5 7/8”W x4 ¼”D x 3 ¼”H

SOLD

Curly Oak Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges
Curly Oak Keepsake Box
Curly Oak Keepsake Box
Curly Oak Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges

This beautiful keepsake box is made of curly oak wih a wonderful figure.  The half-lap joinery is reinforced with dowels.  The sculpted lid is attached with a leather hinge.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed wax.

SOLD

Oak Pallet Box with Hickory Base
Reclaimed Oak Pallet Box
Oak Pallet Box with Hickory Base
Oak Pallet Box with Hickory Base

This box is made from a reclaimed oak pallet.  The "flaw" on the front gives the box its unique character.  The base is made of hickory.  It has a light coat of lacquer; just enough to seal it without altering the weathered patina of the pallet wood.

Dimensions:  4"H x 9 1/2"L x 6 1/2"D 

SOLD

Reclaimed Oak Ring Box with Walnut and Spalted Maple Swivel Lid
Reclaimed Oak Ring Box with Walnut and Spalted Maple Swivel Lid
Reclaimed Oak Ring Box with Swivel Lid
Reclaimed Oak Ring Box with Walnut and Spalted Maple Swivel Lid

This small ring box is made from a reclaimed oak barn beam.  The swivel lid is made from black walnut and spalted maple.  It is held on and swivels by a brass screw hidden between the walnut and spalted maple layers.  The box is finished with several coats of lacquer.  This is the perfect container for a ring given as a special gift.

Dimensions: 2 3/8"D x 2 3/8"W x 1 3/4"H

SOLD

Small Oak Box with Cherry Lid
Small Oak Lift-Lid Box
Small Oak Lift-Lid Box

This small box is made of red oak with a cherry lid and accents.  The box was first finished with a dark stain that was subsequently sanded off to give the “tiger stripe” look to the box.  The cherry accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed wax.
Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD

Rainbow Poplar Keepsake Box

This box is made from rainbow poplar.  Rainbow poplar is not a particular species of poplar.  It is yellow poplar that has been mineral stained while it was growing.  Although the reasons for this particular effect on the wood are not fully understood, the results make for a very unique appearance that can’t be duplicated apart from nature.  The lid is made from a reclaimed piece of rich black walnut and is attached with a leather hinge.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed wax.
Dimensions: 5 7/8”W x4 ¼”D x 3 ¼”H

Rainbow Polar Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges
Small Poplar Lift-Lid Box

This small box is made from yellow poplar with cherry accents and a spalted maple lid.  Spalted wood is highly prized due to its inescapably unique and beautiful patterns.  An owner of a piece made with any type of spalted wood can rest assured that he has a completely unique and one-of-a-kind work of art.  The cherry accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.
Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD

 

Small Poplar Box with Spalted Maple Lid
Chalk-Painted Keepsake Box with Salvaged Belt Hinge and Clasp
Chalk-Painted Keepsake Box with Salvaged Belt Hinge and Clasp
Chalk-Painted Keepsake Box with Salvaged Belt Hinge and Clasp

This keepsake box is made of cedar painted with chalk paint. The clasp and the hinges are made from a belt I found at a local thrift store.  

Dimensions: 6”W x 6"D x 3½”H

SOLD

Medium Keepsake Box
Chalk-Painted Keepsake Box with Salvaged Belt Hinge and Clasp
Small Poplar Lift-Lid Box

This small box is made from yellow poplar with salvaged black walnut accents and lid.  When I found the black walnut it was so hidden under decades of dirt and grime that I had no idea of the incredible piece I had stumbled upon.  When I planed it down to the fresh surface I was blown away by the beauty of the wood.  It is the richest black walnut I have ever handled or worked with.  The picture really doesn't do it justice.  The accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.
Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD

Small Poplar Box with Walnut Lid
Ambrosia Curly Maple Keepsake Box with Leather Hinge and Clasp
Ambrosia Curly Maple Keepsake Box with Leather Hinge and Clasp
Ambrosia Curly Maple Keepsake Box
Ambrosia Curly Maple Keepsake Box with Leather Hinge and Clasp

This box is made from wood that not too long ago would have discarded and burnt as defective.  It is made of Ambrosia curly maple.  Both the Ambrosia and the chatoyant (rolling bands of light) curl are considered defects.  Dendrologists (tree scientists) still aren't certain exactly what causes the chatoyance of the curly maple, but we are certain of its irridescent beauty.  The Ambrosia, the streaks of blue and black, is caused by the Ambrosia beetle that burrows into the wood and introduces a particular fungus that causes the unique discoloration of the wood.  They may be considered defects but I consider them to be God's way of enhancing the already incredible beauty of the wood.  The lid is attached with a leather hinge that also acts as a clasp at the front of the box. The box is finished with Danish oil.

Dimensions: 6”W x 4”D x 3½”H

SOLD

Pallet Wood Tool Box

This is a replica of an actual tool box I found.  The original was quite a bit longer than this long.  I can't imagine how heavy it must have been when loaded with tools.  This one is made from reclaimed wood from a pallet.  The rope handle was soaked in "Sunbleach" stain and then rolled around in the garden to work dirt into it to give it an aged appearance.  I did not put any type of finish on the box so that the aged patina of the wood would not be altered.

Dimensions: 18”L x 6”D x 8"H

SOLD

Pallet Old-Fashioned Toolbox
Walnut Box with Maple Burl Split Swivel Lid
Walnut Box with Maple Burl Split Swivel Lid
Walnut Box with Maple Burl Split Swivel Lid

This box is made from walnut.  The corner joints are reinforced with walnut dowels.  The split lid is made from walnut and an incredibly figured maple burl.  The picture cannot even come close to showcasing the chatoyance of the burl. Burls are the large ugly knots you sometimes see on trees.  It is proof that inner beauty really is more important than outward appearance.  The split lid swivels on two aluminum rods.  It is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.

Dimensions: 4”W x 4”D x 3"H

SOLD

Walnut Split-Lid Keepsake Box
Walnut Box with Maple Burl Split Swivel Lid
Curly Maple Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges and Clasp
Curly Maple Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges and Clasp
    Curly Maple Keepsake Box

This box is made from curly maple and has a walnut lid.  The half-lap joints are einforced with dowels.  The lid is attached

with a leather hinge which also serves as a clasp on the front of the box.  It is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.

Dimensions: 6”W x 4”D x 3"H

SOLD

Small Red Oak Lift-lid Box

This small box is made of red oak with a spalted maple lid and cherry accents.  Spalted wood is highly prized due to its inescapably unique and beautiful patterns.  An owner of a piece made with any type of spalted wood can rest assured that he has a completely unique and one-of-a-kind work of art.  The cherry accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to                 

Small Red Oak Box with Spalted Maple Lid

reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy. The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.

 

Dimensions:

3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD                                                                        

Small Red Oak Box with Spalted Maple Lid
Small Cherry Box with Walnut Lid
Small Cherry Box with Walnut Lid
Small Cherry Lift-lid Box

This small box is made of cherry with a salvaged black walnut lid.  When I found the black walnut it was so hidden under decades of dirt and grime that I had no idea of the incredible piece I had stumbled upon.  When I planed it down to the fresh surface I was blown away by the beauty of the wood.  It is the richest black walnut I have ever handled or worked with.  The picture really doesn't do it justice.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.
Dimensions:3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD

Small Red Oak Lift-lid Box

This small box is made of red oak with a poplar lid and accents.  

The poplar accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy.  The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.
Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD                                                                                                        

Small Red Oak Box with Poplar Lid
Cherry Keepsake Box with Spalted Maple Lid and Leather Hinges
Cherry Keepsake Box with Spalted Maple Lid and Leather Hinges
Cherry Keepsake Box
Cherry Keepsake Box with Spalted Maple Lid and Leather Hinges

This box is made of a beautifully figured cherry with a spalted maple lid and poplar dowels reinforcing the half-lap joints at the corners. The lid is attached with leather hinges. Spalted wood is highly prized due to its inescapably unique and beautiful patterns.  An owner of a piece made with any type of spalted wood can rest assured that he has a completely unique and one-of-a-kind work of art.  

The box is finished with Danish oil and rubbed with wax.

Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD                                                                                                                             

Small Red Oak Box with Spalted Maple Lid
Small Red Oak Lift-lid Box

This small box is made of red oak with a spalted maple lid and poplar dowels reinforcing the mitered joints.  Spalted wood is highly prized due to its inescapably unique and beautiful patterns.  An owner of a piece made with any type of spalted wood can rest assured that he has a completely unique and one-of-a-kind work of art.  The box is finished with Danish oil.
Dimensions: 3”W x 2 ½”D x 3”H

SOLD                                                                                                                      

Small Red Oak Box with Spalted Maple Lid
Maple Keepsake Box with Marble Lid and Black Walnut Lining

This box is made with a creamy maple.  The cherry accents at the mitered corners are called “keys” and in addition to giving the box a distinct look they also serve to reinforce the mitered corners to make sure this box will be around for many years to come for you to use and enjoy. The interior is lined with black walnut and the lid is inlaid with a solid marble tile.  It is finished with Danish oil.

 

Dimensions: 8 1/2”L x 3 3/4”W x 3”H

SOLD

Maple Keepsake Box with Marble Lid and Black Walnut Lining
Maple Keepsake Box with Marble Lid
Maple Keepsake Box with Marble Lid and Black Walnut Lining
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges
Spalted Maple Keepsake Box with Walnut Lid and Leather Hinges

This box is made from splated maple.  Spalted wood is highly prized due to its inescapably unique and beautiful patterns. An owner of a piece made with any type of spalted wood can rest assured that he has a completely unique and one-of-a-kind work of art. The lid is made of black walnut and is attached with leather hinges.  It is finished with Danish oil.

 

Dimensions:

5 7/8”W x4 ¼”D x 3 ¼”H

SOLD

Cherry Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges
Cherry Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges
Cherry Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges
Cherry Keepsake Box
Cherry Keepsake Box with Leather Hinges

This box is made from a beautifully figured cherry. The lid is also made of cherry and is attached with leather hinges.  Cherry has been a favorite for centuries because of the warm patina it develops over time.  The dowel pegs that stand proud of the surface serve to give the box a unique character as well as reinforce the half-lap joinery.  It is finished with Danish oil.

 

Dimensions:

5 7/8”W x4 ¼”D x 3 ¼”H

SOLD

Walnut, Curly Maple, and Cherry Keepsake Box
Walnut, Curly Maple, and Cherry Keepsake Box
Walnut, Curly Maple, and Cherry Keepsake Box
Walnut Keepsake Box

This box is made from walnut, maple, curly maple, and cherry.  It was made from a solid block of these woods laminated together and then cut on the bandsaw.  As a result the lid fits almost seamlessly in both size and pattern and the inside of the box is as decorative as the outside.  It is finished with a light coat of lacquer. 

 

Dimensions:

"L x 3 3/4"W x 3 3/4"D

SOLD 

Poplar Keepsake Box with Walnut Accents and Leather Hinges
Poplar Keepsake Box with Walnut Accents and Leather Hinges
Poplar Keepsake Box with Walnut Accents and Leather Hinges
Poplar Keepsake Box with Walnut Accents and Leather Hinges

The body and lid of this box are both made of poplar.  The pegs and the round finger lift are all made of walnut and the hinge is made from leather.  This box is finished with Danish oil and then rubbed with wax. 

SOLD

Poplar Keepsake Box
Walnut Box with Cherry Lining and Tile Mosaic Lid
Walnut Box with Cherry Lining and Tile Mosaic Lid

This is one of my favorite boxes.  I actually have very few of my own boxes, but I made and kept one of these for myself.  It is made from a very rich walnut.  I wanted to experiment with some texture so rather than using solid wood for the keys in the mitered corners I used plywood.  The top of the box is inlaid with a mosaic of ceramic tile and the inside is lined with a beautiful, warm cherry.  It is finished with Danish oil and rubbed wax.           Dimensions: 6"L x 2 3/4"H x 4"D

SOLD

Walnut Keepsake Box
Reclaimed Barn Beam Candle Box
Reclaimed Barn Beam Candle Box

This box is made from an old

reclaimed barn beam.  I did very little milling in order to preserve the charming weathered look of it. From even a small distance it simply looks like a thick beam of wood with a nail sticking out of it.  

 

Dimensions: 12 3/4”L x 3”W x 3”H

$30

Reclaimed Barn Beam Candle Box