|Project by Boxguy||posted 02-27-2016 12:09 PM||1451 views||9 times favorited||19 comments|
As always, thanks for clicking or tapping in and taking a detailed look at this box. I will happily reply to those who “have their say” about this project. All comments and questions are appreciated as that is what makes posting things on this site fun for me. To view more of my work, click here. At the end of this posting is a topical index of box building tips.
Pictured is a quarter sawn White Oak and Figured Brazilian Cherry box (8”W x 10”L x 2”H) with Eucilyptus corner splines. It is lined with suede and has 40 indents for marbles. Details about how to play the game, how the indents are made, jigs, and tools used can be seen using this link to a previous post.
This box has brass plated steel piano hinge that I cut down to fit this box. The finger lift is deeper than normal to make opening the box easier. After the photos, I added magnetic catches to hold the marbles inside the box. Finishing techniques used are detailed here.
Emphasis: One of the nice things about making boxes is that your work can evolve. Since I sell my work, I will often make two or three versions of a project and try to improve the design each time. Though it is difficult to tell from the photos, the oak version is a bit smaller than my first walnut version (shown below).
The oak version has an inset top, a cloth liner, and a different hinge miter technique. It is fun to tinker with designs and see what works best. Since boxes don’t take as long to make, you can experiment. Slavishly making the same box again and again has little appeal to me. So, I will make two or three marble boxes, a couple of dominoes boxes, a jewelry box, a tea box, a display box, a valet box, a bedside box, a desk box, a card deck box, a kleenex box…well you get the idea. There are always new ideas and designs to develop. I usually find that if it is a box that I can use, then other people can use it too and will buy one. Making hundreds of boxes is fun; making the same box a hundred times is not.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music boxes
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
-- Big Al in IN