|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-13-2014 11:28 AM||3835 views||26 times favorited||26 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 of some of my previous postings at the end of this project that will show you how to build the jigs and learn the techniques for building boxes like this.
Pictured: is a box (11 3/4 L, 6 1/2 W, 5 1/2 H) with Black Cherry sides and a Curly Maple top. It features a continuous hinge, a stop chain, a simple finger lift, an attached top, corner splines, faux legs, art work on top, an inscription inside, and large internal divisions to hold bracelets.
Story: Thomas is a talented artist who wanted to give his son and new daughter-in-law a useful wedding gift that was not just another toaster. So a jewelry box for bracelets with a graphic on top was the ideal solution. It was a hit with the newly weds at the reception.
Art: This stylized pyrographic southwestern scene has a lot going on as the north-facing highway moves from night to day and crosses the desert. There is a bit of Irish flourish at the edges. All of which adds biographical information. Thomas did the art work using a simple hand-held pen and lots of patience.
Teaching: This was the first box Thomas made. When I give boxing lessons, I make a box and the learner makes a box. As I make my box and take it through each of the nearly 100 steps of construction, the learner goes through the same steps on his box right behind me. As you can see from the picture above Thomas did careful work. His corner splines are fit snugly and the top is jointed seamlessly. The art work was done first and we taped over that to protect it as we went through the various construction steps. When we were ready for the final sanding and finishing steps he took the tape off.
Focus: I enjoy teaching others to make boxes. I do the construction step and explain what I am doing, and the student follows behind and does that same step on his box. Using this “I make a box, you make a box” teaching technique has several advantages. The main one is that the student actually makes his box rather than just watching me make his box. Another advantage is that when we finish we each have a box to show for the process. I have a box I can sell and the student has a box he can use. I recommend this teaching method as a way you in Lumberland could teach woodworking to others. Thomas is at ease around tools and is a careful craftsman, so his resulting box is a great job.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one 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