I have become intrigued with the various boxes built and demonstrated here on LJs
When I first looked I thought – I can do that!
Nothing was more of and understatement that that silly thought.
The precision and engineering on these little marvels far out wieghs the small sizes.
A long story begins in January when I cut up some wood and beveled 45 on the corners only to find that not a single piece fit. Hmmmm?
Accuracy and repeatability beyond my current techniques.
I have done some segmented turning so I was aware of the accuracy, I just didn’t think it ws as critical here.
The first thing I had to build was a 45 degree miter sled for my table saw that could be indexed for repeat cuts.
This is what I used here:
The sled holds the project wood down against the sled base so that the 45 is exactly 90 degrees from one end or the cut to the other. Using the hold down I can help eliminate those annoying crescent cuts where the wood shifts slightly as the blade cuts through.
Next I made up a cradle as per Bill Hyltons router book (actually 4 of em). Each one accomodates a different size of dovetail bit and one accomodate straight splines. (5/16, 1/4, 3/8. 1/2”)
These were fiddly but I perservered.
At first the results were awful but with some revision the jigs started to work for me.
Yesterday I got the box glued up and ran the corners off with a round over bit.
I put a pair of hinges (Butt) on the back and the dovetails keys came out pretty close to what I wanted.
The top is a piece of walnut, the walls are too thick. The joints are acceptable and dove splines fit quite well.
The wood for the splines is African Blackwood. I don’t know what the white wood is so any guesses would be appreciatied. I think it could be Asian
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