Accident Box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 05-18-2009 11:20 PM 3787 views 4 times favorited 64 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well guys, I managed to salvage something out this experience, but this little box is the result of one of the top bonehead woodworking mistakes of all time.

After putting in a fair amount of time on the basic box and the inlay, it was time to cut the lid free. I set the fence on my table saw, adjusted the blade depth, and made the first cut on one long side of the box. Then I quickly flipped the box over and made the second cut on the opposite side of the box…..ONLY TO DISCOVER I HAD MADE ONE CUT AT THE TOP OF THE BOX AND THE OTHER CUT AT THE BOTTOM. Doh!!!!!!!

After the initial thought of throwing it on the scrap pile subsided, I decided to whip out my jigsaw and connect the two cuts on each end of the box. Of course there was much sanding to do in order to even things out and create a reasonably well-mating opening.

I’m only sharing my secret with you jocks. For the rest of the world, this was a creative design choice. :-)

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

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 11:23 PM

Hey Charlie
You have just started a new trend for tops ,great save good looking box

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 11:25 PM

Charlie you secret is definitely safe here at LJ’s.
I like the design and may make one by accident too.,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 11:26 PM

I’d patent it :-)) I did that the other day putting in the kerf for the bottom to slide in ;-)) Oh, Well!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 11:26 PM


Help me out here. So the box is upside down or is the top with a tall front?

Who would notice? Look great. Wish I could get my corners to match that good.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 11:29 PM

Don’t ya just love it when you can salvage a project and on top of that have it turn out looking so good!
Great looking screw up Charlie. Love it!

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

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 11:29 PM

Great looking box and nice save.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 11:30 PM

secret? what secret. LOL

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 11:37 PM

Way to go Charlie, It’s nice to see that there are “others” out there that do the same thing that I have done.
I did one similar to this when I was cutting the slots for the kerf hinges…... I cut the slots in the correct position in the top, but then cut the slots in the “front” of the box part…... Like you say, another design opportunity, I did an inlay all around the top edge of the box part and then cut the slots in the “correct location”.............

Very, very nice box and wonderful “design”, thanks for posting

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 11:41 PM

Nice job Charlie. Sweet save. I wish my “non” accidental boxes came out so well.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 05-18-2009 11:46 PM

This is a great little box and a great big save! Well done

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

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 11:49 PM

Nice save, I caught myself in the nick of time doing that the other day on a box I’m building. Now I know what I can do If it happens again.
Thanks for sharing.

-- John

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#12 posted 05-18-2009 11:49 PM

Before I read your text I thought, oh! what an interesting design. After reading the text I thought it must be a lie, because my mistakes never ever turn out like that. I think the mistake was lucky because you now have a truly unique and beautiful box. I think it would be ideal for containing some precious collectors object or as a very luxurious presentation box. Keep making those mistakes Charley, we’re all watching and waiting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 05-18-2009 11:52 PM

i think that is part of the woodworking experience ,how do i fix this… looks great

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#14 posted 05-18-2009 11:59 PM

Nice “screw-up” – it turned out very nice. I like the inlay as well. Your an honest man Charlie – and there are so few of left these days :-)) (outside of the LJ family I mean).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 05-19-2009 12:01 AM

LOL! Thanks, Everybody. They say you are only as sick as your secrets. :-)

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

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