Wedged tenon Padauk box

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Project by Dan P posted 04-14-2016 07:18 PM 1800 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

9 1/2” x 6 1/4” x 3 1/2”

My first time doing a mortice and tenon joint. It worked pretty well, for the first time. Used my inexpensive Skil router and table, setting up blocks to make accurate cuts. Cut halfway through on inside then came back on outside for the through tenon holes 3/16” by 3/8”. I then drilled relief holes and made cuts for the wedges and made the little wedges. It went much easier than I thought it would. I used the speed cut method in Fine Woodworking for roughing out the tenons.

My drill press has pretty much worn out and won’t cut a straight hole worth a darn. So I went out and bought a 3/16” x 3/4” cut lgth spiral up cut router bit and used it to drill the holes in the lid. I again set up wood blocks as support and guides and slid the lid down over the bit. It worked perfect!

I used contact cement to apply leather to both the top and bottom of the bottom. For adhesive to put the box together I used T88 structural epoxy so this box will be together for a long time!

Thanks for looking.

-- Daniel P

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#1 posted 04-14-2016 07:33 PM

Very beautiful piece

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-14-2016 08:09 PM

Very well done Dan.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-14-2016 09:08 PM

I like it! I have a box project coming up and I may have to steal an idea or two… :)

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Dan P

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#4 posted 04-14-2016 09:15 PM

Thanks Monte! Thanks Dave! Thanks Mike, go for it!

-- Daniel P

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#5 posted 04-14-2016 10:08 PM

Good design and style, I really like the looks of this box.
A well done project.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 04-14-2016 10:13 PM

Your hard work paid off. Good looking box…Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 04-14-2016 11:03 PM

Thanks Mike! Thanks kdc!

-- Daniel P

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#8 posted 04-14-2016 11:34 PM

very nice work!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 11:42 PM

Great looking box! The padauk looks wonderful, and your through tenons came out very well!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 11:48 PM

well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 04-14-2016 11:58 PM

Simple, elegant and attractive. Great!

-- Madburg WA

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Dan P

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#12 posted 04-15-2016 12:49 AM

Thanks Quietfly. Thanks Dean, waiting for your G&G project. Thanks Oldrivers! Thanks Madburg, after viewing your projects it does indeed strike me as simple!

-- Daniel P

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#13 posted 04-15-2016 01:51 PM

Nicely done!

That Padauk dust is a lot of fun, isn’t it?

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

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Dan P

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#14 posted 04-15-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks Charlie. Padauk dust IS really hard to get out of clothing so wearing an apron is probably a good idea, and for sure a respirator.

-- Daniel P

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#15 posted 04-15-2016 11:36 PM

Absolutely gorgeous Daniel, keep it up!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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