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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 01-31-2009 06:27 PM 1999 views 4 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you like this little box, I really can’t take much credit for it. The design and construction are very simple to let the beauty of the wood speak for itself. (Can you tell I love spalted maple?)

I had a couple of pieces left over from another project that I didn’t know if I’d ever use because they were of uneven thickness, bowed, and had some wane. I finally gathered the courage to try and mill some usable wood out of them on my little 9” Delta band saw, and I ended up with enough for this little box. It measures about 5” x 4” x 3” high, and the finish is wipe-on poly.

The only unusual thing about the build is that the miter keys are actually a mixture of crushed stone and epoxy, which I forced into the miter slots and sanded smooth when dry.

Thanks for looking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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#1 posted 01-31-2009 06:32 PM

Charlie you box is beautiful.

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 06:45 PM

Great box, Charlie…. I like that maple and the routed corners…. Well done

Steve

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 07:01 PM

very nice Charlie ! the maple, with the scale of the grain pattern almost looks like stone or marble. beautiful …

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 07:24 PM

Yes very nice Charlie. I too LOVE that spalted maple. It is an awesome wood.
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 07:28 PM

simple, elegant…and a dazzler…

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#6 posted 01-31-2009 07:31 PM

looks great charlie

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 07:31 PM

You’ve let that maple sing out loud and clear. I like the coves a lot and the splines are clever. Beautiful box Charlie.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-31-2009 08:01 PM

a great looking box , i like the wood and everything else about it . ... i might be sealing the mitered key idea

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 01-31-2009 08:04 PM

Very, very nice Charlie….......... the spalted maple is beautiful, I would really like to try something like that.
The router cove is a really nice touch, it sets off the box just perfectly and the splines are very unique.

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#10 posted 01-31-2009 08:17 PM

You’ve got a way with boxes Charlie, always something different. Nice box.

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#11 posted 01-31-2009 09:33 PM

Another Beauty, Charlie!

Do you create the lid and box separate or an “enclosed box” and then cut off the lid?

Lew

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#12 posted 01-31-2009 09:43 PM

...just beautiful.

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#13 posted 01-31-2009 09:51 PM

Lew, I always make the box first, then cut the lid off.

Since this box was pretty small, I tried something different…. I set up a fence on my crosscut sled and tried to use that to cut the lid free. It seemed like a good idea in theory, but I must have not had the fence square to the sled, because I really fouled it up. I had to sand lboth the lid and the box like heck to get a good fit. LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 01-31-2009 10:11 PM

amazing….

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#15 posted 01-31-2009 10:50 PM

Very nice job Charlie…

How did you do the miter keys???

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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