|Project by Boxguy||posted 20 days ago||1278 views||15 times favorited||31 comments|
Thanks for looking at this project. Any comments and suggestions are appreciated and welcome. I will reply to all of you Lumberlanders out there who take time to “have your say” in the next 24 hours, so check back for feedback. There is a tutorial index at the end of this posting that will show you how to build the jigs and learn the techniques for building boxes like this box.
Pictured box is made of Honeylocust (11 3/4 L 7 3/4 W 5 1/2 H) with a leaded glass top. My friend Lori did a great job on the glass work. The customer hasn’t decided if she wants a tea box or a jewelry box. She wanted to see it first. So the insides are not added as yet.
Notice that this box is 7 3/34 inches wide. I usually make boxes a bit more narrow than this, but since glass is heavy the box would tend to tip backwards when the top is opened if it is more narrow.
If you make a box like this and insert a glass top in a groove there is no taking the glass out. How then can you sand, route, and apply finish without messing up the glass and spending hours scraping away finish from the glass? The secret is to put the glass in a plastic bag and then remove the plastic bag when you have built the box and applied all the coats of finish. One gallon freezer bags are ideal, but any fairly heavy plastic bag will do to cover the glass. I have used this same technique to cover tops made of cloth wrapped and sewn around a masonite board, painted gesso board, and even woven reed tops.
On the inside I tape up the excess bag to keep it out of the way when I am applying finish and using steel wool between coats.
I made dual colored splines for this box…Orange Wood and Black Walnut. These colors are too similar to show well. I think Yellow Wood and Wenge would have been more effective and would have picked up both of the top colors. Live and learn.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
-- Big Al in IN