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Blog series by JoeyG updated 12-15-2011 10:28 PM 13 parts 24199 reads 59 comments total

Part 1: The Boards

11-17-2011 12:43 AM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

I went to the lumberyard the other day with a detailed list of what I needed to complete my Christmas orders. Then I go and find this. Needless to say I did not get everything on my list, since every penny was accounted for. I will be making the 2 hour round trip to pick up the remainder of my list soon, but I could not pass this up. Coming in at $20, I got two boards 6” X 72” and surfaced to 13/16. I normally buy in the rough and mill it down myself (I like the sur...

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Part 2: Pieces milled and cut

11-17-2011 01:15 AM by JoeyG | 1 comment »

So here is the next phase in the early life of a box. After straight lining one of the boards and cutting to a rough length for my project, I split the board in half. I usually go for 3/8 or a little larger but since these boards were already surfaced I couldn’t make them thicker. LOL. I ended up a little proud of 5/16 thick. I know a lot of people make there boxes 3/4 thick but this way works better for me. I will add to the interior once the lid is sized and everything is...

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Part 3: Bottom Detail

11-18-2011 05:01 AM by JoeyG | 0 comments »

Here I have laid out a design for the bottom detail that I liked, cut it out with my jig saw, and finished up with a 1” drum sander on my drill press. I have a few more boxes to do this to but hopefully I will have a box to show how tomorrow. I am also going to try to remember to take pictures of each step. Thanks for taking a look.

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Part 4: Now I have a box

11-19-2011 04:14 PM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

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 enou...

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Part 5: Lids and Miter Keys

11-21-2011 02:00 PM by JoeyG | 4 comments »

I use my table saw sled to square up the lid and cut it to size Then it’s on to the jointer where I size the width of the lids. I like to make mine about 1/16 smaller at this point. Final sanding should bring it down the rest of the way. I try to end up with about 1/16 gap all the way around.I have ripped scrap pine that just sit in the box and holds the lid in place. This will be need when I go to drill for lid pins. It also lets me see where the lid will sit. This time I felt...

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Part 6: carving the inlay

12-02-2011 03:51 AM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

As I mentioned at the beginning of this, these two boxes will be for my wife and daughter. Today I was able to get back to working on them and did a little carving on the lids. If you would like to see more about how I do my epoxy inlays you can check it out at http://lumberjocks.com/JoeyG/blog/26663. I am not going into a lot of detail, since most of it is covered there. I just wanted to share the pictures of the progress and keep this as up to date as possible. You will notice that I...

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Part 7: The inlay

12-03-2011 04:38 AM by JoeyG | 4 comments »

Here is a coffee cup my daughter picked out for me while at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL. I thought you would like to see my inspiration for this part of the project. Above is the carving filled with epoxy and sanded. Now to clean out air bubble craters and epoxy again. I love this blue, it has a metallic flake in it that looks great. Until next time, Joey

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Part 8: Attching the lid

12-05-2011 07:18 PM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

First I tape blocks in that I have sized for the position I want the lid to sit I then tape the lid in place. Next is to mark out and drill for the hinge pins I think the pictures show my process fairly well. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave them and hopefully we will all learn a little from each other. Next stop is get the lids opening correctly and then handles. Thanks for taking a look.

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Part 9: handle, lid, and finishing the inside

12-12-2011 01:49 PM by JoeyG | 3 comments »

Above you see the handles attached. After deciding the general shape of the handle and the location I drilled holes and inserted dowels, then glued them up Next I slide the nails back into place and mark where the handle falls on the side of the box. Once the area that needs to be removed for the handle is marked I use a flush cutting saw (my best cutting saw) a coping saw, and a sharp chisel to remove the material Then I reinsert the nails and check for a good f...

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Part 10: last steps before the spray booth

12-12-2011 07:14 PM by JoeyG | 8 comments »

My next step is to put a piece of raw cedar inside the box. It servers two purposes. First it is the stop to keep the lid from opening to far and hitting the back of the box possible messing up the finish. Second is to fill the box with that wonderful cedar smell. Now it’s time to cut those nails off. I don’t get closer that a 1/16 or so to the box. 80 grit paper on the sander takes it down quick enough. Next comes the right angle grinder with a flap sanding disc. ...

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Part 11: first coat of poly

12-13-2011 09:26 PM by JoeyG | 4 comments »

This is a quick one. I sanded everything down to 220 on the orbital, then went over it with 220 by hand. I am still not sure about the handles so I will wait to see what it looks like once the first coat dries. After that it is just a sanding with 400 and recoat until I’m happy with it. Below I show the cup sprayer I use. Nothing fancy but it does a good job. You will also see a couple other boxes that will be gifts as well. I try to always do as many at the same time as possible....

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Part 12: The finish is nearly done

12-15-2011 04:57 PM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

Sometimes it can be difficult to recall the steps on takes and where I start and stop on this blog. I also tend to switch steps around sometimes depending on how the project is going. My next step after the first coat of poly on the lids and sides was to flip the box, put 2 coats of poly on, sanding with 400 grit paper in between coats and applying my label. I haven’t invested in a branding iron yet so my solution is to use double sided carpet tape and a business card. I will find...

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Part 13: Time for the wrapping paper!!!!!!!

12-15-2011 10:28 PM by JoeyG | 7 comments »

Here is a sneak peak before I post the finished project. I want to thank everyone once again for joining me as I made these boxes. They will have more meaning for my wife and daughter than I can share here. They represent a once in a life time opportunity that they spent together. It is said that swimming with dolphins is one of the most healing things you can do for the spirit. I agree with this, but we cannot all swim with dolphins, so remember that making something for those you love...

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