Ryan's Box

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Project by Thomas Keefe posted 1971 days ago 1258 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my son Ryan. It is made of hard maple and a little bit of walnut. It is my first attempt
at box joints. I bought a jig for cutting box joints but it caused too much tear out. So I made a jig from things
I had around my shop which worked much better. The good thing is I only spent about $25 on the
store-bought jig.

The bottom floats in a dado while the top is glued into a rabbet. The walnut plugs were added when I
realized that at least some of the rabbet and dado cuts should have been stopped. I was pretty disappointed
when I noticed that I could see right through the box.

The box is finished with two coats of polyurethane.

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 1971 days ago

Nice looking box. Don’t be so hard on yourself. That’s what my family always tells me. We tend to be our own worst critiques.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 1971 days ago

Nice… I’m sure your son will enjoy this box for many years to come…

Happy and safe woodworking…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#3 posted 1970 days ago

The joints came out very good.

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

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#4 posted 1970 days ago

Nice and simple. Great job.


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#5 posted 1970 days ago

I looks solid as well as clean. I’m sure it will serve well.

-- Chris

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#6 posted 1970 days ago

The walnut plugs add visual appeal without detracting from its clean lines. I wish my oops turned out so well.
Great job on the box as well as the fix

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#7 posted 1970 days ago

Nicely done and well executed recovery… looks like it is what I refer to as “design intent.”

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 1970 days ago

Great save looks good

-- Custom furniture

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