Wedding box #2

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Project by James Lango posted 09-28-2008 07:32 AM 2031 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent 1 1/2 hrs tonite on her. Cut all the #0 biscuts for the miters. Glued and clamped. Waited a little for the glue to dry and started cutting the mitered key slots.
If you do even just a few small boxes and like this detail- It’s worth building the jig! After the keys are cut, just add a dab of glue and push them in. – These were left over Red wood.

My jig is set up for only 2 cuts, one end will give you a 90(straight) cut, flip the jig around and you get a left tilt 20 Degree. It adds a beautiful detail to a small- med size box. Depending on the stain i choose, hope they are fairly visible because of Cherry/Red Wood contrast?
Does anyone have tips on how to remove the burn marks(router) left in the finger handels? It’s a pain and impossible to get with sandpaper and my fat fingers..

By the way- i screwed myself for using the 1/8” masonite i had laying around as a bottom. I precut the dado for 1/4”. Found a decent piece of 1/4” Birch ply- hope that works.. Thanks for looking..


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View Colin's profile


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#1 posted 09-28-2008 12:50 PM

Nice box, I’m with you there, I would like advice also on an easy way to remove router burn marks

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#2 posted 09-28-2008 01:17 PM

To remove the router burn marks you should raise the bit a sixteenth and make a finishing pass. If that’s not possible then you can paint the finger groove black and give the box some contrast or even use gold leaf. Gold leaf would be great if they questioned the fact that you didn’t give a cash as well. You could always retort “Do you have any idea how much 24K gold COSTS these days”!

Can’t wait to see it when it’s done, are you doing drawers and slides on the inside?

-- Never pet a burning dog...

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 09-28-2008 01:42 PM

Hi Colin;

One trick that makes it easier to sand off burn marks is to spray them first with mineral spirits,
and sand them while it’s still wet.

The mineral spirits will evaporate and not interfere with your finish.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 09-28-2008 02:16 PM

I love the design of the box. I can use the splined miter as a way to hide the plywood edges. How did you make the shape of the lid? I can see a router for the roundover but the center that tapers down….i really like. Any advice to this new woodcrafter would be great. I am thinking of making my 15 yr old daughter a nice keepsake box fror Christmas when she visits.

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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James Lango

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#5 posted 09-28-2008 05:16 PM

The lid is not cut off yet. There were 3 dados cut in the sides. 1 for the bottom, 1 for the raised panel lid, and 1 more wide one under the lids dado. Its that last dado that is the most important. The table saw will cut right in the middle of it to cut the lid off. Then use some thin pieces to fill in and glue (1/4” x3/8”) all around inside of that dado. This makes a “seat” for the lid to rest on. A neat trick i read, is to raise the table saw blade just a hair before cutting through the box. Make the cut on all 4 sides. Then use a razor knife to detach it and your all set. I might have it done today- so i will post more.
Thanks. James


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#6 posted 05-08-2010 04:20 AM

nice work i like the shape of the top.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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