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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 02-10-2008 at 11:21 PM 1806 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I felt like building something small and box-like this weekend. (Time to play with the new saw too). So I headed to the scrap pile. My goal was to chase the grain around the outside of the box. Just for fun.

After a false start I got the hang of it. It is kind of mind twisting.

How it worked
I found a nice specimen.

A piece of neglected walnut.


After jointing


Resawn to bookmatch. A cool little pattern.


Checking out the grain pattern after cutting 45 degree miters. It actually wraps around the entire box!

Closer look

Here is the cutting sequence.


And standing in order

Tips
Cut the board to length and sqaure up before bookmatching.

Mark the outsides. They will go facedown during mitering on the tablesaw.

And then…
I made a 1/8” thick bottom, cutting the groove with a tablesaw blade.

The lid is recessed in a rabbet. The lid operates by push. (I will show it next time).

This is my first mitered box and first time taping instead of clamps.

Tomorrow I will finish.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne



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GaryK

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 at 11:41 PM

Looks like you are making good progress. Is that a piece of wood from the shelf on the north wall of you shop?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 at 11:44 PM

The lid is. The main chunk was hiding in a corner.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 at 11:46 PM

Nice use of a nice board. there is a lot of walnut (or do they call it claro) here in the North State. I think my next project will use some. Chico has huge walnut trees lining the streets.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 at 11:48 PM

I don’t know if it is Claro or California Walnut. I have had this piece for about 3 years.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 at 02:31 AM

Looking good -

What’s the final thickness of the stock for the sides? My eye says 3/8ths or so but hard to tell – could be a 1/2”...Let me know…Proportionally it looks really nice.

I’m with you on the just-want-to-make-something-small-and-boxlike feeling. I started something last week, but still haven’t blogged it yet. Your post reminded me to do that. Maybe in the next few days…

I’m doing a mitered corner thang too… took my board down to 5/8ths – it’ll be a little boxy-case with drawers, but it feels a little bulkier than I wanted. 1/2” would have done the trick for me. But, too late! Corners are glued.

I’ll look out for your next post on this!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 at 05:13 AM

a great tutorial. And the box—ooooh yah.. definitely worth the effort. Nice!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 at 05:36 AM

Dorje. Post your box please.

The sides and top are 1/4”. The bottom is 1/8” thick. It is super light.

As for overall dimensions, I did not measure anything. I just cut eyeballed it.

Thanks Debbie.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 at 07:01 AM

I like the idea of this bookmatched box.
Sometimes you need to make something small just for fun.

Starting with a nice piece of walnut with enough figure to make it interesting.
The figure looks to match up well and flow nicely around the piece.

I am finding I like working with walnut more all the time.

Looking forward to see the finished product and what type of finish you choose.

Nice work so far.

Greg

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 at 07:26 AM

cool box, I always talk myself out of making baoxe like this because I don’t think that it will be strong anough without dovetailed sides. But After seeing this I think that I will try it. ( after it werms up, my shop is -2 this morning so I will not be doing much work for a while until it warms up here in Michigan.)

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 at 09:45 AM

Nice looking box. Good job on the miters.

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#11 posted 02-11-2008 at 04:14 PM

Wrap-around figure pattern is always so cool. I love doing this. Looks really nice.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#12 posted 02-11-2008 at 04:26 PM

Thanks guys.

Mario I don’t know how you all do it in the cold weather. Fortunate today it is in the mid 70’s F.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#13 posted 02-11-2008 at 04:33 PM

Can you folks get 5/4 walnut stock in California?
It kills me to take 4/4 and have to sacrifice half of it to get 1/2” box stock.
They charge 5.99 bdf here so that makes it a $12.00 /bdf piece of stock.
I love the grain in that piece you are finishing Giz.
I’m at the same stage with one and the bloody wood barely makes 3/8”.
Kind of limits my chioces.

Cheers

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#14 posted 02-11-2008 at 05:25 PM

Thanks Bob.

I can get 5/4 – 8/4 yes. That was a 4/4 piece however. This came out to a hair over 1/4” x 2 plus a 1/16” veneer.

It was a little cupped though.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#15 posted 02-11-2008 at 05:26 PM

Update: I am done with the box and it is drying. I will post it in the projects section later with a few more progress pics.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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