Year 8 Box

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Project by Tootles posted 07-14-2014 03:22 AM 1211 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I did a replacement contract for another teacher. He had previously made a simple box with the Year 8 students, but I did not like his proportions so I designed my own, still keeping essentially the same construction techniques. Pictures 5 & 6 show the first prototype, but I decided to simplify it a little to get the box shown in pictures 1 to 4.

It is very simple, just glued and nailed butt joints with two screws to make the hinge for the flip lid, but it is quite a good exercise in measuring, marking, cutting and planing – all with hand tools.

Normally when I work with pine, I like to get clear pieces without the knots. This time, however, I deliberately made the most of the fact that my wood was knotty and put it on display as prominently as I can.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 04:53 AM

Works a treat… they will have fun make them…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 07:05 AM

I like the original version better, personnel taste I guess. Overall a good project.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 07:27 AM

Andre, I think I like the original a bit better too – aesthically at least. But I found that getting the lid into place required a little more coordination than I expected of the Year 8 students doing woodwork for the first time. The second design allows them to rest the lid on the back of the box while they position it to get the screws in.

An added bonus of the final design is that the lid does not interfere with getting anything into or out of the box. It might make it more useable to them and so make it less likely that they toss it out.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 09:46 AM

Good call on the knots. Your students should like doing this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 02:38 PM

Love the knots, nice box I like them both.

-- Chris- Homebuilder and Woodworker, Love the smell of cut wood.

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