First Box #2: Decisions, Decisions

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Blog entry by Bret posted 11-20-2009 04:58 PM 1179 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now, a few days and lots of pictures of other people’s boxes later, and I’ve settled on making the box predominately from curly maple, with mitered corners featuring double walnut keys. The top will have a frame of matching curly maple around some figured wood or veneer.

I expect it to be around 12” x 7.5” x 5”, though the stock I have would allow it to be up to 6” tall less whatever board width I lose to milling. The sides will be 1/2” thick.

What’s still to be planned & figured? How to best get the insert created and placed within the frame, since the lid will likely be cut free from the box after the box is assembled so that I get as much grain matching as possible. Also, I know that I want 1 or 2 removable trays within the box when it’s done, so I need to plan those. I figure I’ll route the sides of the box to put two 1/8” dadoes, one near the bottom for the box’s bottom which I intend to leave unglued and on about halfway up what will be sides of the box proper (minus the lid) on the front and rear to accept a small rail upon which the trays can rest and/or slide side to side. I’m thinking of putting some kind of padded bottom within the finished box as well.

The lid will be hinged and, if I’m feeling brave, have a mortised lock as well.

So I think I know basically how to start construction. In the interest of not screwing up the maple, I’m going to do a mock-up tonight using oak while my wife is off with the neighbor ladies for a girls’ night of Pampered Chef, Tupperware, and God only knows what all else. At least I get some uninterrupted shop time after the kids go to bed! I’ve never built “models” before, but I think this will help me get a feel for what the finished box will look like, dimensionally at least. I’ve drawn it up on paper but this seems so simple a project that I haven’t bothered with a Sketchup model. Yet.

Have a happy weekend everyone. The Denver Woodworking show is also this weekend. I’m taking my almost-4-year-old son, who’s just excited that he gets to wear his tool belt to the show and have a hot dog with Dad for lunch.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 07:47 PM

Hey, if I come wearing a tool belt, will you buy me a hot dog too? Looking forwaed to seeimg the box…..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 07:54 PM

Sounds like its going to be a very nice box. Curly maple is always a good choice along with any walnut. Very much looking for ward to seeing its progress.

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#3 posted 11-20-2009 11:01 PM

I’ve always found mock-ups very helpful. It’s one thing to visualize and another to handle.


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