First Box #1: Planning

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Blog entry by Bret posted 11-16-2009 10:55 PM 970 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m getting ready to build a box for my wife, based in no small part on several designs I’ve seen here and incorporating elements of many of them.

I’m at the planning stage, trying to figure out how to best use the lumber available to me for this project. I’ve got some walnut, a good piece (36” x 6” – 3/4) of curly maple and another (48” x 3 7/8” – 3/4) of Tigre Caspi. Plus a ton of walnut and oak. I’d like to feature the Tigre Caspi as it has a neat bit of dark grain along one edge but, never having worked with this wood before, I’m not sure exactly how to proceed.

I’m thinking of a box, probably around 10.5×6.5×4.25 inches, 1/2” thick all around. Lacking a bandsaw, it’ll be my planer’s job to bring the wood down to the right thickness.

I expect to build the box itself using mitered corners with contrasting splines. The lid, though, is giving me fits trying to decide on a style. Mitered with splines? Frame with a central feature? Or of the lift-off variety cut from a single piece of wood and rabbetted to fit?

So it’s my sincere hope that my next post will be a sketchup model of what I’ve decided to attempt. Maybe with some photos of the raw wood I’d like to use….

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 11:04 PM

Im no expert in box making, but if I can help out let me know.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 04:58 PM

Thanks! I will.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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