Jig Box

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Project by Russel posted 08-10-2009 12:52 AM 2576 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try something new and the top of this box is the result. I was experimenting with tapers figuring I could make a clock face out of contrasting woods and it would look kinda spiffy. To do this I needed to cut a bunch of pieces at a 30 degree angle. So I made a jig and grabbed a piece of birdseye maple that was, at first glance, unremarkable.

I made a bunch of test cuts, glued them together and liked what I saw so I decided to use it for a box top. The “flaws” in the wood took on a nice character after they were cut and when it was wrapped in walnut it looked even better.

With the top, I needed a box to put it on so I grabbed another piece of unremarkable birdseye maple. Again, I was in the mood for something a little different so a box joint jig for my table saw was in order. And as if to scold me for being a bit uppity, the wood took on an interesting character after it was cut. (I am going to look at some box joint blades for my saw because my dado set does not give me a very flat bottom cut.)

Now with the top having “character” and the box having “character” the bottom could not be left simple. It would just look incomplete. Thus, the base with feet was made. I haven’t made a jig to do those yet, but I’m thinking about how to do it.

So the mood to make something different resulted in a couple new jigs and a pleasant little box. I liked the way the 30 degree taper jig for my tablesaw worked so much that I made another one for my bandsaw.

The box is 6×9 and stands about 6 inches tall. It’s made of birdseye maple (that has a little curl in it) and walnut. It’s finished with wipe-on poly.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 01:17 AM

Well done. That top came out fantastic.

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 01:28 AM

very unique Russel. Nice job.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 01:44 AM

russel ,
it’is good to see that your work ,
and your confidence is improving
tremendously .

this box is beautiful ,
welcome .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 02:07 AM

Gotta love that maple. I am always pleasantly surprised with beautiful figure almost every time I use it. Waves, ripples and shine that you weren’t sure were there jump out when you finish them. I like the fan effect on the top. It looks almost like a fanned hand of cards.

Great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 02:13 AM

Job well done. The top and the box itself look fantastic. Have to ditto everyone elses comments also. Congratulations on this project.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 02:31 AM

Russel, Great job on the box. I really like the way the top turned out. cool design and great workmanship.

-- John @

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 02:56 AM

By golly, Russel, that’s a nifty neat box. I really like the contrast in the grain and color. Great composition and design. More, please!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 03:16 AM

Russel; Very nice box! I really favor the fanned top wrapped by Walnut. Most unusual and appealing.
The feet balance out the body and top.
Well done!

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 03:25 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 08-10-2009 03:42 AM

I like it. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 08-10-2009 04:03 AM

I like the top very much … well worth your extra effort

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 08-10-2009 04:15 AM

The is a beautiful Box Russel. The top is beautiful, Good job

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#13 posted 08-10-2009 04:17 AM

Unique and special

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#14 posted 08-10-2009 05:24 AM

Russel, That’s what I call a real Hum Dinger! The box came out excellent. Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#15 posted 08-10-2009 05:24 AM

Although the top is commendable, your finger joints look great too. Did you rabbet the walnut and fit the maple in or…? Nice piece.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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