NARRA BOXES #2: The 2x6x6 box

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 08-07-2011 11:04 AM 2140 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The 2x4x6 box Part 2 of NARRA BOXES series Part 3: The 6x12 Box - A big challenge!!! »

The 2×6x6 boxes. What if 3 pieces of 2×6 inch parquet will be joined together and make it as the top (lid) and bottom of a box whose side is 2×6 on all. This has created a square box with depth of 2 inches. Here are some pictures…

Some are pre-coated with gloss lacquer.

It was easy to make the box without the lid… I can use my miter saw to cut it because the length of 6 inches will permit me to hold it firmly while cutting it on an angle of 45 degrees. Gluing is not also a problem. I use the normal gluing using tapes.

The lid made the biggest challenge in this 6×6 box. At first, I finished two boxes using brass hinges. But on that process, the hinges will require screw that in most cases it cracks or splits the wood. Though that construction was simple…. I already given one as a gift. I tried to look for a brass pin but instead I found a spring wire 2 mm diameter and luckily it is straight line spring used as tortional spring. So strong that it even the hacksaw blade cannot cut it. I use a cold chisel to make mark then bent it. It easily breaks during bending just because it is so brittle. Using my sharpening stone.. I rounded the ends.

The lids were rounded on the hinged edge but only on the top quarter. Anyway it will only open 90 degree. It is enough. It is good to see only small gap it the hinge part. Anyone can increase the opening by making inclined cut on the rear side of the box.

I routed the front side to accomodate the lid’s handle which is integrally shaped with the lid. The resemblance of this is just like other boxes…. Andy’s and Greg’s boxes however the lids handles of their boxes are not integral but added to the lid.

So far I made around 9 pieces and 3 on the way. (I’m trying to upload photo but right now our internet at home is so slow. maybe later..)

-- Bert

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 11:10 AM

Fabulous use of the Narra, and recyled to boot..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 12:07 PM

Good recycling, Bert. Boxes too, now who could object to a nice box or nine. Well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 12:59 PM

These are cool, Bert! You can really see how nice the finish is on the bottom picture. You did a great job of using that wood and giving it new life. Besides . . . you can never have too many boxes! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 03:33 PM

Thanks to all! You had eased up my hard days by giving much encouragement.

Sheila, You are right, I can’t have too many boxes… to this point… I have a long list of friends and mentors that deserves to have one… If I started to send these… I end up with nothing but just TY.

Honestly, I like to devote my time in making these boxes because it is challenging. This way makes me already happy.. To give them will add more life to the wood so I am really giving it away this Christmas.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 03:40 PM

Nice Bert

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 01:00 PM

Very interesting. I have the same fascination for boxes. In fact small as they are, they require very meticulous planning and measurements. I made one box, I have not posted yet, where the handle is integrated to the cover. I used a router to round the edge and a straight bit to trim of the rest. In another instance, I just sawed it off with a fine-tooth saw and sanded down to smoothen. The round curve on the side of the protruding handle can just be sanded down.
I am sure would like to see your other boxes. One suggestion on uploading photos is to reduce the size of the image so it will be more compatible with internet. Or perhaps you can change your internet server. I am sure many good servers cover even Antipolo.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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