Just for Fun... #68: Finishing-up the Mitered Box...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-19-2012 01:16 AM 3940 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I left off Yesterday, the box was all clamped-up, and the small handle was ready to go on…The Clamp-up...

After taking it out of the clamps, I first had to conform the handle’s feet to the curved top panel of the box. That was quickly done by simply laying a piece of sandpaper on top of the box Sand-Up, and working the handle until it matched the contour…
Then i just placed and marked for the holes…Positioning the Handle...Marks to locate holes for pins...

I’ll be using 1/8” pegs (and glue!) to attach it, but I like to drill slightly undersized with a 7/64”... I drilled right through the top and at an angle…Undersized holes drilled through the lid...

With those done it was time to cut the lid off… If you caught it in the last blog, before I closed up the box I cut a third dado in all four sides, at a depth of half the thickness…The Glue-up...

After I did that I reset the fence slightly, a blade’s width lower on the box, and left the height of cut the same… I left it set until yesterday, and then completed the cut on the outside of the box to create a stepped lid…Stepped Lid...

All that was left, was to glue the handle on, and drill up through the bottom of the lid and into the handle feet, and tap in the pins…After pinning the handle from the underside...

And that’s all folks!!
The box is currently in the Finishing Department and should be a completed project by tomorrow… Thanks for taking the trip with me, and know that your comments, questions, and critiques are greatly appreciated!!
And in case I don’t get a chance, I’d like to wish you all the very best for a Peaceful and Joyful Thanksgiving!! :)
18 November 2012

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 01:24 AM

always like your innovative style michael

always seeking newer ways
to go beyond

thanks for bringing us along

and a happy turkey to you two too !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-19-2012 02:14 AM

Very interesting way you created that ‘stepped’ lid without using a router.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-19-2012 04:48 AM

Sweet box , Mike! I love the rim under the lid. Quite inventive!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-19-2012 11:24 AM

That looks great Mike! I love seeing the process! Thanks for taking the time to post it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 11-19-2012 12:03 PM

Very nice! Very educational too.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#6 posted 11-19-2012 01:07 PM

You Go Dude ! thanks for the step by- posts appreciate your taking the time ! nice box ! great techniques ! Hope all is well with you and you are getting set for another winter ! take care of yourself Mike, don s.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#7 posted 11-19-2012 02:02 PM

Came out nicely. Thnx for your step-by-steps.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 02:09 PM

You are very clever at finding new ways to more easily complete a task like you did with the stepped lid! Happy holidays to you too!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#9 posted 11-20-2012 01:03 AM

Wow thats cool, love the handle too. But I miss your hinges.

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 11-20-2012 10:56 AM

Thanks Everybody!
I wish I could say I invented that lipped lid technique, but I’m not that clever!!
I stumbled upon that on Google Reader about four years ago… It’s such a simple way to do it!!
You can read what I read here...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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