Little Rounded Square Box

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Project by OutPutter posted 01-13-2010 07:23 PM 1770 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this little box to test my new WoodRat back when I first got it. It takes a little practice to make really tight dovetails with a WoodRat. The wood is from hurricane Ike. Sycamore for the top and bottom and something like pecan I think for the sides. I collected wood from the side of the road before the trash collectors came. I split the logs in a quarter sawn fashion and jointed one edge of four pieces before glueing up the top and bottom. Then I used my jointer to flatten one side of each. Then I very carefully ran them over the jointer repeatedly to make them flat and parallel. Not easy but, if you are careful, you can do it. I wouldn’t run something that small through a planer because of kickback risks. Anyway, I rounded over the corners on the top and bottom as well as the sides with my Ridgid oscillating belt sander and my random orbital sander. I think they compliment each other well. The hinges are set into the sides and flat against the top. I can’t tell you how much trouble I have with this method. If you don’t get the side depth just right, the lid is propped open. And, hitting just the right spot on the lid for the hinges is way harder than it looks. I still don’t have a sure fire way for either one of these tasks. I’m experimenting with a story stick unique to each box but I haven’t worked out the details yet.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 07:46 PM

It must be satisfying to take a project all the way from fallen tree to completion.

Don’t feel bad about the hinges….they give me the devil too.

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

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 08:53 PM

Hinge mortising is something that kills me every time. I continue to work at it (hack at it is what it looks like most times :). Nice story to go with the box and quite an accomplishment to take destruction and turn it into construction. Excellent work and thanks for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 09:34 PM

Very unusual… nice…I like it and the story….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 11:58 PM

nice box, i hate when it comes to finnishing and putting on the hinges these are the two things i have trouble with makeing boxes. but u do have a good plan so far mine the lid opens all the way, i have to prop it open with an extra piece of wood or something.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 12:09 AM

Nice little box. Personally, I hate hinges and do everything I can to avoid them on the boxes I make these days. Good job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 02:23 AM

Unique design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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