Making boxes with dovetailed splines without a Kehoe jig #2: Box progress today

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Blog entry by Toolz posted 06-17-2010 07:54 PM 3104 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Dovetail spline jig and splines Part 2 of Making boxes with dovetailed splines without a Kehoe jig series Part 3: Completed Boxes »

Today I cut the splines fairly flush with a flush cut saw after taping all around them with blue painters tape. Measured and drilled holes to install SOSS barrel hinges, and rough sanded everything to 120 grit.

The first photo is of a maple box in progress. I found a 6’ piece of what appears to be 8/4 maple crown molding and decided it would make a neat box/shallow chest. It will have a spalted maple & walnut laminated top.

Maple Box

After flush cutting and sanding box bodies. I didn’t like the spacing of the splines in the foreground so I redid the jig on to adjust the spacing.

Splines cut flush

Laminated box tops

Box tops

Work in progress

boxes in progress

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#1 posted 06-17-2010 08:12 PM

Great looking boxes ,super woods and good build.

-- Custom furniture

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Will Stokes

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#2 posted 06-17-2010 08:17 PM

I’ve been interested in trying this keyed splines approach recently myself. Thanks for the pics, it encourages me to get to work once my other projects are completed. :-)

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#3 posted 06-17-2010 08:49 PM

Thanks guys. It has been a fun process and I have learned a lot. The main thing I learned is that I need to build an accurate shooting board with a “bird house” feature so I can sneak up on the wide miters with a plane. I used scrap/crappy 1/4” ply for the bottoms. I have some nice tan pigskin leather I plan use to line the inside of the bottoms.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 06-17-2010 10:03 PM

Those are really interesting. Hope you post the finished product

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 06-18-2010 12:28 AM

These are turning out really well. I really like the lids as well. The first box you made out of the trim will be a great conversation piece I am sure. I like how it turned out especially. I am looking forward to the end product.

-- All the tools in the world wont make you a good mechanic or craftsman... however it helps!

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