|Project by Boxguy||posted 03-08-2016 06:23 AM||1692 views||10 times favorited||21 comments|
Thanks for taking time to click or tap on this box. I especially appreciate those who take the extra time to “have your say.” Your comments and questions are what make these postings fun for me to do. I do try to respond to all your comment and questions.
Pictured: This is a basic box (12 1/4” L, 6 1/4” W, 4H”) with a quarter-sawn White Oak top, corner splines, and bottom. It has Black Cherry sides.
Story: I set out to make a box that was minimalistic. That is to say, I wanted it to have simple, uncluttered but elegant lines and let the wood speak for itself. Link to my other posted works.
The sides have about a 5 degree angle for almost three inches, then they are flat for 3/4”, then the bottom is rounded over with an 11/16 bit. The rounded bottom and the horizontal line of the rounded oak board makes the box seem to float. The angle gives it eye appeal.
The top is actually 1/4” smaller than the flat section of the sides and stands 1/4” proud of the top of the sides. The slope and the size of the top make all the difference in the stance of this box. To me that is what gives it eye appeal.
To keep this simple I mortised the hinge in the bottom and surface mounted it to the top. Basically, this box was made with a router table and a 10” table saw. I used 1/8” 1/2” and 11/16” bits for the edges.
Steps For Making The Angled Sides:
Start with a finished board 5/4 (1 1/4”) thick and 43” long and 2 3/4 wide.
Cut the board into lengths for sides.
Finish sand the side of the board that will become the inside of the box.
Cut the 45 on the 8 corners of the boards. (This way the grain will match around 3 corners)
Glue the corners and use tape and then a band clamp to clamp the boards.
Now is the time to cut in your corner slots for the splines, before you cut the angles to make the sloped sides of the box. You want to work with square edges. It is very difficult to cut spline slots into an angled side.
Edited in shot of the inside of the box. Notice that the inside corners are square.
So, now you have an 1 1/2” cherry “frame” or carcass that is 12 1/2 on two sides and 8 1/2” on two sides. You also have very deep spline slots cut in the corners.
Glue in your splines.
Glue on the bottom using a board with some extra overlap.
Trim off the excess spline material and the extra overlap on the bottom board.
Set your saw blade at about 5 degrees.
You want to leave some board thickness on the top edge of your sides.
With the top of the box down on the table saw top, angle all four sides.
Round off the bottom of the box.
Mortise and attach the top to the sides.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN