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Project by studiousmatt posted 08-19-2009 01:35 PM 2059 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another lerning project that I wanted to do. I had some nice rosewood, and a small bit of quilted maple that I could not leave the hardwood store without buying.

this posed a bit of a challenge for me because I could not seem to get the miters to be accurate and line up. as a result the corners are not as nice as I wanted but the flaws are well hidden (I think anyway) I also had some trouble with the barrell hinges, you know “measure twice cut once” well as I learned, the same rule applies for drilling holes…who knew???

the finish was done with aniline dyes of various colors, and at first I was not sure that the colors were what I wanted. but I think it is just fine for this project. the inside of the lid was an attempt to bring out the quilt without changing the wood color too much, but one too many drips of amber trans tint (I was experimenting with different dye types) and the color became a bit too yellowish.

the protective coat is two layers of laquer sanding sealer, followed by ten to twelve coats of clear laquer. I sanded the finish to 2000 grit, and buffed it. Once again, a great learning experiance.

does anyone have any ideas on how to fix oversize drill holes for barrell hinges?

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#1 posted 08-19-2009 01:49 PM

i’m with you on this ,
i just started my first mitered box ,
and am having the same problems .
everything if way to finiky for me ,
i’ll do the best i can ,
then probably resort to my tried and true method ,
rabbeted edges .
but maybe there is still something here ,
i guess that is what learning is all about .

good job on your first ,
i hope mine comes out as well ?

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#2 posted 08-19-2009 02:02 PM

Love the maple…it is so beautiful! you did a nice job! I enjoy box making and I use a little Ryobi biscut jointer on the miters for added strength. Sometimes it is easier to build the box as a whole and rip the lid off with a band or table saw so the lid alignes perfectly with the rest of the box. Try going just a hair over 45 degrees on the miters to get nice corners that won’t need filled.

-- enjoy your wood...

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#3 posted 08-19-2009 03:39 PM

Beautiful piece.

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#4 posted 08-19-2009 03:40 PM

Love the Maple—Nice box


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#5 posted 08-19-2009 04:02 PM

Gorgeous. As for the barrell hinges, you can always drill out the whole bigger, put a contrasting piece of wood in, flush cut it, then redo your hole so the barrell hinge is in the middle of that new accent piece. Might be more trouble than it is worth though, especially without much leeway around it.

-- Ray Bowers

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#6 posted 08-19-2009 04:10 PM

I had the same problem with barrel hinges, I’m sorry I can’t help you, I gave up. I cussed and screwed with them for 2 days and finally threw in the towel. Someone that knows how to use them is Douglas Bordner. PM him and maybe he can help you there. That is a beautiful box just the same. Extraordinary color.

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#7 posted 08-19-2009 04:31 PM

Nice looking piece

The color is wonderful/

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#8 posted 08-19-2009 04:51 PM

Nice looking box. I love that quilted maple.

I had one attempt with barrel hinges. Maybe I’ll try again in 10 years or so. :-)

Patron: I can’t believe you are having problems with a simple mitered box considering all the fantastic work you do!

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

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#9 posted 08-19-2009 05:17 PM

Beautiful box
When making miters I use a sled on my table saw having the box sides laying flat. the trick is to keep track of what side of the blade the cut was made on (in case the blade is not at a true 45 degree) and label them left and right or a and b and of course making sure they are exactly the same size. As you glue up the sides make sure you have one of each at each corner. I use tape to hold the corners together by laying the box with the inside laying flat on your bench and taping with strong tape like duck tape then check corners and adjust tape to get a tight corner before gluing.

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#10 posted 08-19-2009 11:16 PM

Great looking box. As far as miters go Jim is right on with starting with EXACT size pieces. A miter sled on the table saw works great and I know I have seen several different examples on this site. I also like to use a slow setting glue on miters to give me a little more time to “dial in” on an exact fit with a couple of band clamps. Your box looks great from here and I love the dye’s you chose

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#11 posted 08-20-2009 12:21 AM

that is one of the prettiest pieces of maple I have ever seen…stunning.

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 12:41 AM

great job, love the maple and finish thumbs up from me
as far as the hinges , I agree with ray, plug and redrill, Ive sold those hinges for years but never used them all of mine are metric so finding a 12mm or 18mm bit is harder than a trip to the local box store.
as for the miters, I bought a kreg precission miter fence, I love it, can throw my factory delta guide in the trash, i never use it anymore.

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#13 posted 08-20-2009 04:01 AM

I agree with everyone else who has commented – what beautiful wood!!

Installing 5mm barrel hinges – check out Dave Knipfer's website for a guide.

You might want to either buy or check your library for Doug Stowe’s book “Basic Box Making”. He shows a very simple jig for cutting beveled miter edges for boxes. A lot of other good information in the book as well. I certainly learned a lot from it. There is also a DVD you can get that shows you how to make the jigs and make a variety of boxes, same title.


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