No jig box joint box

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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1736 days ago 2693 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LOML wanted me to pick up a box at the store to keep things together in the medicine cabinet of out fifth wheel. I told her I would make one that custom fit the spot. I had never made a box joint before, so I decided to try it. I didn’t have a jig and not much time to make one, so I marked them out and kerf cut them with my table saw blade. Only got one cut on the wrong side of the lines :-)). That is good for a Topamax survivor!!

I made it with some walnut and cherry I had lying about. It is finished with a couple coats of wipe on ploy.
I should make some plugs for the ends of the bottom’s groove one of these days.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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1139 posts in 2002 days

#1 posted 1736 days ago

Lots of box makers on this site to help with lesons. LOL Not bad for free hand.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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6996 posts in 1988 days

#2 posted 1736 days ago

Next one will be better now you know what not to do… keep up the good work BOB.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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14726 posts in 2309 days

#3 posted 1736 days ago

I just had to try it freehand :-)) I’m going to make a jig. I salvaged a cabinet off a job a couple weeks ago. It will be good material for jig making.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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1487 posts in 1987 days

#4 posted 1736 days ago

Pretty darn good for freehand, I don’t think I attempt it. I made a jig when I made one because I know I’d have more then one mis-cut if I hadn’t. :)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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13020 posts in 1975 days

#5 posted 1736 days ago

hey bob ,
39 out of 40 ,
is good !

and it works .

-- 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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#6 posted 1736 days ago

Darn good for free hand & better than the store bought. Well done.

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#7 posted 1736 days ago

Works for me good job

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1736 days ago

Gosh, another poor man falling victim to Boxoholism… Remember, one is too many, and a hundred is not enough… :)
That’s nifty cutting, Bob!

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

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Jim Jakosh

11329 posts in 1739 days

#9 posted 1736 days ago

Nice freehand cutting. It takes patience to do that.
I often cut too far too. I just glue in a little piece of the same wood with the grain in the right direction and recut it. No one else needs to know!!

To go one step further. I have a dovetail jig and I once cut the front and the side reversed on one drawer. I assembled the drawer with the pins and tails in the front rather than the side on one corner. Only I know where it is and I’ll never tell!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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969 posts in 1754 days

#10 posted 1736 days ago

Very nice for no jig

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#11 posted 1736 days ago

Funny, that is the same size I made for my first box, but I did use a simple jig.
I made a simple lid by rounding over the top edges of a piece of cedar and recessing the bottom a bit for the lid to snug down in.
Cool man…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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3505 posts in 2064 days

#12 posted 1735 days ago

Great box. Fantastic free hand work. I had to make a jig, and still cut some wrong. haha

Great use of cut offs. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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12947 posts in 1968 days

#13 posted 1735 days ago

Good work Bob and the next one will be even better!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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6943 posts in 1937 days

#14 posted 1734 days ago

ive always liked the look of a box joint…you did a good job bob…you might get it down before you retire…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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