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Wooden Hinged White Oak Box

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Project by DanielP posted 08-24-2016 01:51 AM 675 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

10 1/2” x 6 5/8” x 4 1/4”

My neighbor saw a box I had made and told me he wanted one just like it but, made with oak. The carcass is from one piece of wood. There was a pretty even border between the white and brown wood so I used it as the lid cut off point. Below is the procedure I use for preparing the lid body joint.

I get the large sheets of 120 grit sandpaper (12” x 18”) from Home Depot rental department. They have adhesive backs so I stick them to a piece of lexan then clamp that to a work table. This makes a flat surface. So then, after cutting the lid off the box, there is almost always some unevenness, sometimes quite a bit, like this time. I have found that by carefully, slowly, using two hands and sliding the top or bottom, whichever you’re working on, in one direction across the sandpaper, coming to a complete stop without lifting, then lifting straight up moving back to start, placing it straight down, stop, then begin slide again, you can achieve a completely flat surface. Turn piece around after every few slides. This is how I did this box and the lid is on very flat and square.

I have developed a new technique for making the hinges which I will detail in my next project post. These hinges are 3/8” thick. The bottom is bubinga. The removable tray is walnut and is sectioned off to hold tea bags.

-- --- Dan





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#1 posted 08-24-2016 03:12 AM

Beauty of a box with some nice hinges. Cool the way you cut the top between the light and dark wood.

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

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#2 posted 08-24-2016 11:32 AM

Very nicely done. Love the hinges.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 12:17 PM

Thanks Dave, thanks Monte.

-- --- Dan

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 03:32 PM

How are the bottom of the box, and the bottom of the tray, attached?

I suppose floating panel is possible for the bottom of the box, but not for the tray. I have been wondering about how people do it.

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#5 posted 08-24-2016 04:17 PM

Gargey, the box bottom is floating in dado’s. The tray bottom is 1/8” plywood which is also jointed with dado’s. The partitions are tenoned and slid into dado’s and spot glued. The joints all came out nice.

-- --- Dan

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 04:58 PM

Nice box. Like the hinges too. At first I thought the corners were box joints but I see they’re mitered with wide splines. Clever!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 04:59 PM

Beautiful job. Love those hinges and I’m partial to box joints, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 06:44 PM

Thanks Dave, thanks Gene. I did do the splines to resemble box joints. This way you add strength as in box joints and at the same time get away from the uneven joints at top and bottom, and you don’t need to make that lid seam through the middle of a joint and throw the aesthetics off.

-- --- Dan

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 08:50 PM



Gargey, the box bottom is floating in dado s. The tray bottom is 1/8” plywood which is also jointed with dado s. The partitions are tenoned and slid into dado s and spot glued. The joints all came out nice.

- DanielP

Thank you

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 02:22 AM

Nice job!

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#11 posted 09-01-2016 09:27 PM

Great job, beautiful work, very well made!

-- 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. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#12 posted 09-02-2016 06:10 AM

Many who consider a box as a simple project probably have never made one.
You did a nice job on this one, beautiful and well constructed.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 07:53 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- --- Dan

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