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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 69 days ago 1490 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a video that showcases a few diminutive boxes that I made from 1/8” thick stock. Some were experiments with hand cut dovetails in plywood and MDF.

http://youtu.be/bC5nfZqkcc0




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NormG

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#1 posted 69 days ago

Great small boxes. Thank you for sharing

-- Norman

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#2 posted 69 days ago

Thanks for the discussion and inspiration. Over the past two nights I disassembled four crates that I curb shopped a few months ago. Each crate had two sides and bottom made of ~3/16” thick pine slats about 4 inches wide and 16” long. The other two side were hardboard slats. Frame was 1 1/2 inch pine sticks. All pieces were nailed, no glue. Due to the nails, it took awhile to relieve the slats from the crates and some are cracked and split, though not all the way.

I used just about every trick in the book to pry them off including a small pry bar, then small hydraulic house jack with a small scrap of 2×4, one slat at a time. Very slow. Then I remembered I have two lightweight Bessey parallel clamps that can be configured as spreaders. The clamps worked best, easy to set up and fast. I jusd one on each end and a 2’ scrap of 2×4 to apply equal pressure where the slats were mailed to the frame.

I glued a few back together with titebond and will glue the rest when ready. I plan to try my hand making some thin walled boxes so your video gives me encouragement. I’ll also make some dividers for drawers, my original intent. I came away with 12 slats per crate so 48 total. I doubt my boxes will be as nice as your, and they are really nice (I love shellac) but hey, with a stash of 48 slats, one or two may work out. What could go wrong!

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Roger

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#3 posted 67 days ago

Super nice boxes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Marty Backe

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#4 posted 67 days ago

David – I’ve made many small boxes with thin wood that was left-over from some other function. I have a bunch of 1/8” sugar pine that I think came from a window manufacturer (used for shims I think). So you’re on the right track. Dive and and enjoy the process. What do you have to lose but an hour or two in the shop?

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#5 posted 65 days ago

The boxes that were made with butt joints, how do you hold them square while your glue is drying?

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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Marty Backe

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#6 posted 65 days ago

Thanks Kevin. Since the boxes are very small and all the joints are cut at 90 degrees, they stay square when gluing. I use rubber bands for clamps.

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#7 posted 62 days ago

Great video, glad Im not the only one who likes having a box for everything:) One great thing about them is that I use them to keep my skills up because its not every day that your cutting dovetails on larger projects, but throwing in little projects like this it keeps you as tuned as your tools. One question, what are the last 4 boxes for?
God bless!

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#8 posted 61 days ago

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