Ambrosia-birdseye maple #4: Now I have a box

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 11-19-2011 04:14 PM 6003 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Bottom Detail Part 4 of Ambrosia-birdseye maple series Part 5: Lids and Miter Keys »

So first I sanded up the bottom detail using a drum sander on my ancient drill press

next I cut the dado for the bottom to set in. I don’t have a dado blade so I just make multiple passes on the table saw.

After that is done, I move on to sand the inside of the box. Since it is nearly impossible to do after the box is together this is the perfect time to do it.

Now it’s just a little glue and some tape. I have found that with boxes this small tape is more than enough. Trying to use clamps is a exercise in frustration and I don’t think they are needed. As long as you miters are true the box wants to go together on it’s on. I use the tape across the top of the corners to pull it into square if it needs it. and just to hold it there if it doesn’t.

And since it takes just about to the same amount of time to do 9 boxes as it does to do 1, I did 9

Next stop will be lids

Thanks for joining me on this journey, This is a learning experience for me and as with all things, I hope to get better at this blog thing as I go. Until next time happy sawdust making.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 06:48 PM

Looks like you are making great progress! The boxes are looking good.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 09:42 PM

Fabulous progress and you are right.. do one.. do nine..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 10:51 PM

Thanks guys. It is moving along nicely, but I am beginning to feel the Christmas crunch.

This picture did not transfer from my iphone to my computer for some reason this morning, but I wanted to share it. It is the most important part of any project.

MY HELPER: This is my 9, almost 10 year old daughter, proudly displaying the fruits of our labors.

She helped put together these boxes. There is nothing like teacher your children in the shop. There is a bonding that happens there and nowhere else. I highly recommend it to anyone with children.

As always thanks for taking a look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 05:32 AM

From 1 to nine… That’s something.

You pricess is happy for a job well done. It always exciting to transfer knowledge, especially to our little ones.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 07:04 PM

I really like doing batches of boxes like this. You spend quite a bit of time setting up, cutting multiple parts, sanding, gluing, etc… Then, pow! You turn around and there is a whole herd of boxes on your bench. Very fun.

That Maple is stunning!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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