|Project by MyChipCarving||posted 04-20-2015 10:29 PM||1368 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
Basswood sword box for a customer of mine who will chip carve the box for a Civil War sword she has.
38×7x4”, barbed concealed hinges
Usually I post the items I’ve chip carved, but I have a box making question for all you LJ box makers.
Assembling the box is straightforward but the step of cutting the top off is always a challenge for me.
For this box I used my tablesaw and set the blade just shy of the side thickness. I struggle with getting the cuts to line up perfectly. One or more corners always seems to be off by 1/16” or less resulting in a ledge so the box doesn’t close perfectly. I monkeyed around with it making slight cuts to even it out and eventually got is close enough. I think it took about 4 times around
I’ve tried my bandsaw and that was more of a challenge than the tablesaw. My blade is the Woodslicer and tensioned properly. When the blade cuts through the end and starts on the sides there is usually a noticeable change in the cut line.
I read an article in FineWoodworking about using the bandsaw and then sanding flat with large sandpaper on the top of the tablesaw. That would work for small boxes but not for one like this that is 38” long.
Anyway, what do you suggest? How do you cut the top off your boxes?
-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996