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Making simple boxes with inlay designs in lid.

960 days ago by Jim Finn | 1 comment »

I make simple boxes, mostly of cedar with poplar inlays. There are many fine ways to make boxes and this is about the simplest. I make them 11”x8”x2 1/2” deep with hinged lid. 8” is my limit of the width of wood so anything over that will have a splice in it, which I avoid doing. I start by planeing and re-sawing the 1” thick rough eastern red cedar to 3/8” thickness on my band saw. I then cut strips to 2 1/4” to form the sides of the box. I cut 45 degree cuts on these to 11” and 8” lengths in my compound miter saw. Apply white glue and hold together these pieces with masking tape until I get a rubber band arou...

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