Jig Box

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Project by Russel posted 1807 days ago 1848 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 1807 days ago

Well done. That top came out fantastic.

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#2 posted 1807 days ago

very unique Russel. Nice job.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#3 posted 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 1807 days ago

I like it. BTKS

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

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

Unique and special

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 1807 days ago

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 1807 days ago

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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