A short-lived Box

Talk about going from elated to deflated. This box was a custom order that really worked out well….until I shipped it!  It didn’t survive the trip. I posted the box on Lumberjocks when it was done, and it made the most viewed and commented on for that day. Great feedback, so the email from my customer telling me what it looked like when he opened the box was a real let down to say the least.

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A Short Lived Box — Chapter 2

Obviously, I had to build a replacement box for the one that was demolished in shipment. Of course, I don’t typically have a lot of ebony laying around, so had to go back to Bell Forest Products for more of that. Happily, the new piece worked out, and this time survived shipping!round 2 maple and ebony open 2 round 2 maple and ebony top view.

A Short-Lived Box…Chapter 3

The customer returned the “pieces” of the original box. Basically, the case was worthless, but the 4 drawers were still ok, as was the zebrawood panel in the lid. Should I try?  Are you kidding?  But I did. Whereas one always wants to build the case first, then fit the drawers, I had to do the exact opposite. Compounding the challenge was the fact that due to an math error, the runners for the drawers on the original were not evenly spaced, so each drawer had a dado for the runner in a different location on the sides. MADE IT!  It all went together and fit! If I had been off anything more than about a 32nd of an inch, it would have been firewood. Great feeling but I don’t really want to do it again.round 2 maple and ebony closed 3 round 2 maple and ebony open 1