A new box

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 11-18-2009 08:26 PM 1913 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another box that I recently completed.
The body of the box and tray are African Mahogany, the lid and tray bottom are Birdseye/curly maple, and the lid border, corner keys and tray support are Purpleheart.
This is basically my own design (although there’s nothing here that hasn’t been done before I’m sure), and I think the combination of woods turned out very well.

The bottom is just felt lined, and a piece of black ribbon acts as a lid support.

The finish is gloss wipe on poly, sanded to 400 grit, then rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and paste wax.

Thanks very much for looking, and commenting with your thoughts!


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#1 posted 11-18-2009 08:31 PM

that maple is gorgeous and the purple heart is a great contrast. well done!

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 08:55 PM

Beautiful work! I love the curves of the box and the splined miters look great!
I am curious how you cut the bevels to join the box sides with miters? I recently built 4 sides that are mitered frames (around fret sawed panels), haven’t joined the box together yet, and don’t want to mess up the box cutting inaccurate bevels to join the sides. If my angles are wrong, I’m afraid that there will be a gap while looking down at the box. Did you use a router table, a table saw with a tilted blade, or some other method? If you used a table saw, did you use a jig or just run it against the rip fence with the blade tilted?
Sorry to ask so many questions but I’m really afraid to ruin the box while joining the sides and you seem to have done a perfect job of doing what I’m afraid to do!
Thanks for the help!

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 08:59 PM

Fantastic box wonderful wood and design outstanding work

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 09:29 PM

Sweet. A lot of stuff going on here, and well executed. I like the ribbon restraint, and choice of woods. Very handsome and not too busy.

Did you do a bevel on the sides after glue up? So the insides are vertical? It is hard to tell from the pictures.

Good Job,

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 09:29 PM

Great combination of woods, and the construction looks perfect.

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

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 09:53 PM

Thanks all.
Michael, the mitres are cut on the mitre saw (imagine that!) :) I have a very good mitre saw and it’s set up extremely accurately, a must.

Steve, your right, the box was assembled, corner keys installed, and then a 5* bevel was cut on the outside of the box. An easy technique and I like it because the keys end up different sizes but started all the same.


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#7 posted 11-18-2009 10:02 PM

Nice. I hadn’t thought to bevel the outside, but that handles two issues at once—trimming the keys and adding visual interest!

Was the top cut away from the box or built separately? I’m almost certain given the grain pattern that it was cut free but I don’t always trust my instincts….

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 10:09 PM

That is a very nice box. I have to make some boxes as I’m a beginner.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 11:41 PM

Great Work, Ryan!! I was wondering about that bevel myself. Thanks for the explanation…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 11:59 PM

The combination of wood is spectacular, great design and workmanship as well


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#11 posted 11-19-2009 05:29 AM

Very smooth Ryan. beautiful wood, very good build

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 01:07 PM

Very well done. That African Mahogany is beautiful wood and I really like the way you used the Purple Heart.

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