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Blog entry by doncutlip posted 938 days ago 3947 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box with miters on the corners. I’ve built several boxes before, but always just but-joint and nailed them. Sounds primitive but that is the look I was going for at the time. Here’s all the pieces laid out for assembly:

And then here is is clamped up

I’ll be using this to do Victorian Era Impressions, so I put appropriate hardware on it.

I had made a groove on the inside of the box before I glued it together to aid in cutting off the top. I cut another groove on the outside just below it and then used a utility knife to complete the cut. The resulting fit of the top is just perfect

Now I have to decide how to finiish it. It’s all pine so there’s the risk that a stain would come out blotchy. I’m thinking of using milk paint, federal blue, and then walnut oil. But even that can be funky on top of pine. Hopefully I’ll have it completed this weekend.

-- Don, Royersford, PA



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Tom Regnier

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#1 posted 938 days ago

Don…..looks great!That’s a pretty good size box….what are you using it for? I’ve done a lot of work with milk paints…usually to do a anitique/distressed look with a lighter color under a darker one….the milk paint colors are so rich.

-- Rome wasn't built in a day..... it just looks that way!

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doncutlip

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#2 posted 938 days ago

@Tom; I’m a Civil War Reenactor and I’ll be taking the box to events. When it’s just me at the event, I’ll put food and soldiers personal items in it. When the family comes, I’ll let them use it, probably for kitchen stuff or personal stuff stashed in the big tent.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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FloridaArt

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#3 posted 938 days ago

Nice job!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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David Kennedy

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#4 posted 938 days ago

Don, your box looks great. miters cut on ras or table saw?

-- Dave, W.V.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 938 days ago

Great box build! You seriously clamped it! I would just do 3 coats of BLO. It will age beautifully and it will be easy to add more if it gets beat up. The pine will get dented and dinged which will add character every year.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ellen35

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#6 posted 938 days ago

Check out Doug Snow’s book and video on boxes. His “clamping” method is using packing tape and is ingenious… works really well… that is all I ever use in my mitered boxes.
This box looks awesome. You’ve made pine into art!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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workerinwood

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#7 posted 938 days ago

Great job, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 937 days ago

Dave, all cuts on the tablesaw. I’ve done BLO on pine before and it makes it a bit yellow – I do like it but not for this piece. I don’t want it to stand out, especially in my dog tent – soldiers really wouldn’t have had boxes in there. And as for the clamps, I think the parallel jaw clamps did more harm than good, pulling the corners off and stuff. I’m going to buy a few more band clamps and just use those in the future.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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doncutlip

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#9 posted 937 days ago

Decided to put shellac on the inside

Justt waiting for the shellac to dry

Plus the inside of the box, drying on my finishing station

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Transition

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#10 posted 937 days ago

Nice box. I like the yellow. I say go shellac all the way!

I wonder if then setting it in the summer sun will help to give it an aged look?

This book may be of interest:
http://www.amazon.com/Civil-War-Woodworking-Woodworkers-Reenactors/dp/1933502282

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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doncutlip

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#11 posted 936 days ago

Andrew, Thanks so much for the book reference, I never thought of that.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 936 days ago

Hi Don,

That is a good looking box.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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doncutlip

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#13 posted 936 days ago

Went with a dark walnut stain. Like I said, I don’t want the box to stand out. Next step is to seal it, I’m thinking BLO.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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doncutlip

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#14 posted 936 days ago

First coat of BLO

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Gina

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#15 posted 935 days ago

The stain looks good, dad!

-- Gina - Pottstown, PA

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