4x4 Walnut Box - 3 of 3

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Project by SawdustyDan posted 03-08-2015 02:39 PM 1282 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call these my “4×4” boxes, because I created then out of some 4” x 4” walnut stock I had laying around collecting dust. This one is made from walnut (I just LOVE walnut!), quarter-sawn oak and purpleheart. I tried something different for the front strip on this one, cutting it out before cutting the top off. I really like the look of it, but keeping that “perfect alignment” was a little tricky for me, in the later stages! The walnut piece was from the end of the original chunk and yielded some sweet sapwood on the front and (by chance) a small strip of the core across the back.
The process for this one was as follows:
1. Mill the 4×4 really rough stock pieces down to four smooth sides and about 2’ to 3’ long / planer & jointer
2. Cut off chunks around 7 or 8 inches in length / miter saw
3. Cut a strip ~3/4” wide vertically out of the front and chisel it out / band saw & chisel
4. Cut, fit and glue in the QS-oak and PH center strip
5. Slice off one edge for a lid / band saw
6. Cut out the rough open center section / band saw
7. Smooth out and evenly shape the open center section / oscillating spindle sander
8. Cut and glue on the bottom panel
9. Sand/trim the bottom and filler flush with the walnut edges
10. LOTS of finish sanding to get That Look
11. Add hinges and finish with clear poly
12. Admire it and drink some root beer

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 06:25 PM

Another beautiful box, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 08:52 PM

Dan, I agree. Walnut and White Oak are some of my favorite woods to combine. You might find some hints that would interest you in the index below. Some of the jigs might save you some time when you are making boxes. They are arranged by topics…just click on the blue links that interest you.

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:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music 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.
Teaching Boxmaking

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 10:54 PM

Unique features,i like this box.Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 01:10 AM

Thanks, Al! This is all very helpful.

—Regular sized Dale south of Monrovia, IN

-- --Dale Page

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 12:58 PM

Very nice boxes you make. I like those top shapes and side stripes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 01:45 PM

This box turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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