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Project by ilyac posted 01-19-2015 03:34 AM 2777 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up some 3/4 in red oak from HD, ripped and cut it down to size. I put it together with rabbets, which I cut on the saw and cleaned up with my rabbet plane, put an angle cut all around, and glued it up. I started with little hinges, but there were pretty flimsy so I switched it out to piano hinges and added a little latch on the front for good measure.

Finished it off with some satin wipe on poly.

Lessons learned:
- Getting all the rabbets to sit together nicely and evenly with no gaps may actually be impossible. OK, it’s possible I need just to not rush through that step.
- Matching the angle I cut on the sides was to the front & back pieces took a few tried to get right. next time I need to set that up better
- When making an angle cut, make sure it’s on the correct side of the previously cut rabbet.

Girlfriend loved it, so I consider it a success. This was also the first thing I made on my new Delta 36-725 (which I will review after I use it a bit more, but so far I love it)

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Ted Alexander

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 11:05 PM

Looks like a very sturdy box. I like the joinery and finish.

-- Ted Alexander

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 05:38 AM

Ilyac, nicely done. In the interest of sharing, you might consider a couple of ideas. This for clamping. This for hinge installation. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 11:22 PM

BoxGuy, Thanks a lot for the links to your articles. I definitely would have preferred to have the hing hidden like you have in your guide, but I had already chiseled out the area for the small hinges before I realized there were too small. The clamping is a good trick too. I will definitely keep those in mind for the next small project!

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