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Blog series by Chris Cook updated 06-03-2012 12:44 AM 7 parts 12780 reads 63 comments total

Part 1: first blog post

03-29-2012 03:01 AM by Chris Cook | 4 comments »

Hello to all, my first post To hone my skills and learn new ones, I make boxes as a means of experimentation. I’ve made about 40 boxes so far (and other things) and I have not made the same box twice as of yet. My goal is always to try new things and techniques. This sometimes leads to having to change gears and make on-the-fly adjustments. Here is one of my latest and the first time I’ve tried to have the hinge on the inside: The biggest error I made was usi...

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Part 2: Options, soliciting opinions

03-31-2012 03:38 PM by Chris Cook | 6 comments »

I’m in the middle of a box project (still experimenting) I have a piece of checkerboard I made as a test and I want to incorporate it as a lid or as the bottom. As the lid, I think it looks too busy, then again I kind of like it. Here’s two pictures of how I may do it. I just have things stacked together here, no glue or fasteners at this point. Please let me know your thoughts. thanks C

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Part 3: the next box

04-01-2012 07:01 PM by Chris Cook | 9 comments »

So, I started the next box and discovered this technique for doing the inlay that saves me material and time. I’m sure this is no new trick, but it is new to me. I used my router table to cut 1/4” wide by 1/8” deep inlay slots on the top and bottom of the two pieces of cherry. I used my drum sander to get the inlay to the exact size I needed for this slot. If you ever wondered if a drum sander is for you, just get one! I got a Jet 10-20 about 3 years ago and it was...

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Part 4: Another Box

04-15-2012 08:16 PM by Chris Cook | 4 comments »

Here is another box I just complete. More experimentation with wood inlays and the sort. I thought I’d also share what I use to plan out my woodworking. While I have used Sketchup for rough outs and such, for 15+ years I have used a program called Lightwave 3D for technical modeling/animation. While Lightwave is a little more detailed in a different direction than Sketchup, it does an awesome job of rendering. Here is the same box as I planned it out, rendered in Lightw...

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Part 5: I have been experimenting with Martyn's EZMitre technizue

05-08-2012 02:13 AM by Chris Cook | 13 comments »

I have made three boxes, in different stages now, using the EZMitre technique. I have to say these are the best mitres I have ever cut. Careful measurement is key, but it’s a very repeatable process. I’ll post the finished products once completed.

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Part 6: I can't stop making EZ Mitre boxes

05-13-2012 04:08 PM by Chris Cook | 16 comments »

My wife is wondering what my ultimate plan is with all these boxes. If you’re on my Christmas list, guess what? You’re getting a box! I’ve got stacks of them and now I’ve discovered this really cool technique and the stack is getting larger! Later, I’ll build a giant box to hold my boxes! I have to thank (or blame) Martyn for getting me on the EZ Mitre box schtick I am on. I’ve looked at his website and, while I’ll never match that array of complex and w...

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Part 7: the EZ Mitre boxes continue

06-03-2012 12:44 AM by Chris Cook | 11 comments »

I’m still trying my hand at the EZ Mitre boxes. So, I took three pieces of cherry and, after joining them, I applied a thin layer of (what I think is) birch plywood to, what will be, the inside layer of the box. I know of two good reasons to put another type of wood on the inside layer of these boxes: 1) looks good2) run the wood grain alternate to the outside layer and it adds cross-grain strength Here’s two more things I NOW know 1) don’t use cheap plywood ...

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