How To Make An Indented Finger Lift In short, you use an oscillating spindle sander set on an angle to sand away the center indent, and a spacer jig set over the locking guide to sand away the two smaller indents. If you are just making one...
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Location: Hills of Southern Indiana
I really enjoy making boxes. The design phase is what I like the best when I'm working with my hands in wood. Building houses and furniture takes months or even years to finish; however, you can dream up and create another box every few days. In the past two or three years I have crafted over a hundred boxes and sold them mostly through local art galleries, no two boxes are exactly alike. Mostly, My goal is to craft boxes that will withstand years of daily use, are pleasing to see, a joy to touch, and a pleasure to use. Mostly, my boxes are crafted from recycled materials.
As I craft boxes carefully and one at a time, shapes, sizes, methods of work, materials, uses and designs keep evolving. It is wonderful play, and sales help support my tool habit. It seems there is a fine line between woodworking and tool collecting.
Sometimes I tell the wood what it wants to be and sometimes the wood tells me what it wants to be. So far the wood and I are both comfortable with this arrangement. The joy of working with fine wood and getting to peer into the souls of ancient trees never grows old for me. Trees are one of nature's greatest feats.
-- Big Al in IN
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Adding Splines To a Box Assumptions: I assume you have looked at the tutorial on making the splines themselves. The tutorial on cutting the splines slots with the jig there gives you a box that looks like this on the corner. The next s...
I make two kinds of box tops. Boxes with inset tops (above) where the the top floats in a dadoed groove that runs around the sides, and attached tops where the top is glued directly onto the sides of the box. This tutorial will fea...
A Quick, Accurate Way To 45 Your Corners If you build boxes at all, eventually you tire of cranking your blade from 90 degrees to 45 degrees and back…I did. So I built this simple jig, and now I can cut all 8 ends of a box accurately...
Setting up saw blades for slot cuts in box corners. Here is a quick way to set up your saw for cutting spline slots using a spline cutting jig and a dado blade. This method involves no measuring and take only a minute or two. The trick is t...