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Project by tekton posted 09-08-2007 02:24 AM 2278 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I dropped my miter gage and wanted to check it to make sure it was still square. After I checked it I decided to go ahead and use the pieces of wood I used to check it with to make a small box as I hadn’t made one in awhile. With no idea as to what this box was going to look like I re cut the pieces into 4 equal sized mitered sides, then ran a groove in the bottom and a rabbit on top, cut a bottom to fit in the grooves and glued it up. while the glue was drying I cut a square piece for the top ran a rabbit around the bottom and cut a bevel on the sides. So I had my box but thought it was just to plane so I decided to add some splines so after digging through the scrap pile I decided to use some left over purple heart. Grabbed my spline jig and cut for the splines and glued them in. Then I decide it needed a handle on top but I didn’t want something big or long, so after some deliberation a decided to cut some bevels on the end of a 3/4” x 3/4” piece of Ph and square cut it at the top of the bevels, I had my handle. I finish sanded every thing and glued the handle on and was going to finish it but decided it was still to plane looking, but didn’t really know what else I wanted or could do to it to make it less plane. After some more thought I decide to put legs on the corners but didn’t have enough 3/4 Ph to make four legs unless I ripped a strip off a wide piece. Not wanting to rip up one of my wide pieces I decided to go ahead and finish it the way it was. Then it hit me, make legs out of some thin stock I had used to make the splines out of. I made a cardboard template and cut four legs, a little filling and some sanding and I had my four legs. I put the legs on and applied the finish. Anyway sorry about the rambling I dropped my miter gage and ended up with this;

-- tektōn an artificer, that is, (specifically) a craftsman in wood: - carpenter.

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#1 posted 09-08-2007 02:58 AM

What a great accident. You’re a creative person!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 09-08-2007 03:00 AM

Sounds like you had fun creating this box!

Dropping your miter gauge can be beneficial. Nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 09-08-2007 03:54 AM

That’s a really neat design. Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 09-08-2007 03:58 AM

I agree with the Toms. Great Box.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 09-08-2007 04:38 AM

Love the box, have to admit I’m not familiar with a “spline jig”. Mind posting a pic?

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 09-08-2007 04:39 AM

I think I need to drop my miter gauge….....

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#7 posted 09-08-2007 06:02 AM

Very nice. Don will love this one.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 09-08-2007 06:04 AM

Great looking box – I’m going out to the shop right now to throw my Miter Gauge and see what develops – with my luck, I’ll have to buy an new MG.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 09-08-2007 06:17 AM

Yeah Bob, Don just loves little boxes, and this one is little! ;)

The legs look like characters to me… loosely stylized people carrying the box. Very cool. Amazing what can happen when were being extemporaneous. Nice!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 09-08-2007 09:02 AM

very nice box. some info on the spline jig would be cool. i always wanted to make some boxes just did not know what or how to decorate them. i guess just start cutting wood and see what comes of it .

-- mjhaines

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#11 posted 09-08-2007 10:30 AM

OK, OK, I like it! No, I love it, ‘cause I just love small wooden boxes.

TK, this is a very interesting box – I like the way you allowed your available wood determine the look. It has an Oriental feel to it. I agree with Scott. The legs looks like people lift and shoving the box toward each other; kind of a reverse tug of war – or should that be a push of war?

Nice work!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 09-08-2007 11:26 AM

the write-up is wonderful!!!!
had to laugh at the last sentence :)

Magnificent box you made through the process. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 09-08-2007 02:05 PM

You should have titled it “Magical Miter Gauge tour” :)

“spline jig”
Down the bottom of the page

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 09-08-2007 04:55 PM

Beautifull box! I love the angled splines. It definatley has a very oriental feel to it.

Some of the best projects are born out of scrap wood and boredom!


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#15 posted 09-08-2007 05:20 PM

Nice looking box Tekton. I like the contrast between the woods. I think you have one Christmas present already completed.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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