|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-29-2015 04:09 AM||2719 views||28 times favorited||24 comments|
http://youtu.be/8xYElFXei8I Two minute spline making and installing video.
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.
If you would like to see how to make and install corner splines, Ken and I made a short spline video that you can watch. There is a tutorial index of some of my previous postings at the end of this posting, that will show you how to build the jigs and learn the techniques for building boxes and totes like these.
Story: In the hot summer weather I go through one or two bottles of this sports drink each day. Buying them in bulk at the local food mart is a bore. You load them into your cart, then put them on the conveyor, then they are put in flimsy plastic bags, loaded in the back of my truck, then from the plastic bags onto shelves from the shelves to the refrigerator, then to the glass then to the recycle bin. Way too much work! Several lumberjocks have been posting totes for beer bottles and growlers. So I thought I’d make a six-pack carrier for my favorite “brew.” Now I load my carrier up at the store, back to the truck, carry it in the house, and set it on the kitchen counter.
Pictured is a Black Walnut tote (L=12, W=8 1/2, H=12) with White oak corner splines and 1/2 inch white oak veneer as a center board. The basic design is patterned after a saw blade organizer that I posted a couple of years ago. This is the write-up on the saw blade organizer. The blade organizer posting will serve as a guide to making a drink tote like you see here.
Mechanics: The strength of this is down the center. The plywood is fit and glued into a groove in each end and also serves as part of the handle. The bottom also floats in a groove in the four sides.
Notice that I kept it simple and did not add any dividers for the bottles. Let me confess here that I know it is not a good idea to join grains that run in two directions. So this tote will not last for the ages, but I just couldn’t pass up the look of the grain on the ends.
While I was at it, I made a couple of more box-like items for around the house.
I’ll write them up as I get time. Keep boxing and keep posting!
.Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured 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:
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.
Making household boxes:
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
-- Big Al in IN