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Making a Small Wooden Box #5: More Detail

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Blog entry by Don posted 08-31-2007 09:58 AM 17424 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: It's the Small Details that Matter Part 5 of Making a Small Wooden Box series Part 6: Confessions of a Box Maker »

In the last installment, I showed some of the detail work involved in making the trays for my Jewelry Box.

Here I continue with the dividers that will create the lower level compartments. There are twelve components to the lower dividers. They are tedious to make requiring patience and care to keep everything square. My intention is to eventually glue this grid-work up and insert as one piece. The reason for this that the bottom of the tray will be lined with fabric. Therefore, it’s imperative that the dividers can be easily removed so the fabric liner can be cleaned or replaced.

Here the dividers are dry assembled and checked for squareness.

In this picture I’ve inserted them into the box (still not glued) to check for fit. In the previous episode in this group, Cajunpen Bill asked how I intended to suspend the upper shelf trays. You can see from this picture that the front and rear dividers are taller that the rest of the dividers. These serve as rails for the trays to ride on. The long compartment at the front of the box (and barely visible) is for necklaces. The other slightly larger compartment will be where the ring rolls are installed. (That detail in another episode.)

Finally, here you can see the trays and lower components in place. The handles of the tray are curved and extend into the cavity created by the lid panel, otherwise, the lid would not close.

In the picture above, you can see where I’ve contoured the front of the box to make it easy to grasp the lid.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/



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#1 posted 08-31-2007 10:53 AM

Don, it’s official: you are the Master Of The Box-Making. Should we call you LumberBox?

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 11:46 AM

this is wonderful.
WOW.. all those divider “slots”. Very complicated. but again, you make it look easy!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 01:18 PM

Hi Don, Amazing work. I both admire and envy your work. Small pieces like the dividers drive me crazy. I have to know how you cut the slots. Tablesaw and dado cutter? Router?

Doug in AZ.
I just love Don’s little boxes.

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 01:45 PM

AS usual, Don, I am impressed, intrigued and educated. Thanks for the education. That’s why I’m here; to learn from the masters.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-31-2007 02:05 PM

Quote douginaz: ”I have to know how you cut the slots. Tablesaw and dado cutter? Router?”

Doug, I use a dado blade. If you look closely at the pictures, you can see the blades just below the dado slot. I like to use the dado blade, because the width of the blades can be adjusted to the exact size required.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#6 posted 08-31-2007 02:17 PM

Don, You are good at this! This is a great education for us in box making.

Thanks for sharing all your secrets with us. Now we’ll all be able to make these (not) ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 08-31-2007 03:09 PM

BoxJock! Thanks, Don!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 08-31-2007 03:31 PM

Don the BoxJock on LumberJock,

Great series Don.

Nice Box. Can you give some dimensions on the dividers and the compartments

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 08-31-2007 03:47 PM

Just read the whole series. (Hard to catch up on all the good stuff when you are new to lumberjocks!) Wonderfull information, keep them coming!

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#10 posted 08-31-2007 07:01 PM

Awesome! That box looks really nice. I love little compartments. Thanks for showing us how it’s done! You should offically be dubbed “The Box Jock”

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#11 posted 08-31-2007 07:17 PM

Don. this is really turning out great! I am literally dieing to get back on some boxes. The wife is about to kill me since I pushed aside her J-Chest to finish other projects.

Looking at these dividers reminds me that I always struggle here to get the dimensions spot on. Especially since I use felt on the ends that touch the sides of the box, I have to account for those. Usually on every box on some portion of the dividers I compund and error, and before I know it, I’m all of whack.

These look good and I like the curve added on the top ones.

Your friend,

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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#12 posted 12-25-2010 09:16 AM

Don – how do you cut your half lap joints for the dividers? i find that on small pieces with a power tool i get tear out but with hand tools i cant get the cuts perfect. Your insight would be much appreciated. Thanks! David

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#13 posted 12-25-2010 01:36 PM

I use a Irwin Marathon Trim/Finish Saw Blade, 12” x 72T saw blade. Make sure your blade is clean and recently sharpened. I can’t recall the species of timber used for these dividers, either Beach or Maple. If your blade is clean and sharp you shouldn’t experience tear-out.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 02:43 AM

Hi Don , for some reason , there aren’t any pictures showing on this page at this time : (

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#15 posted 10-16-2014 12:28 AM

It’s now several years later and the pic’s still don’t appear

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