Simple Little Box of Cherry

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Project by bandit571 posted 09-05-2016 06:50 PM 1008 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started out as a slab of Cherry. Resawn down to 1/2” thick panels. Hand cut finger joints for the corners. Raised the top’s panel with a handplane or two. Brass plated hardware. bottom is just plain old Pine. Bottom sits in a groove milled into the front and back of the box.

Finish is a first coat of 70/30 BLO and Varnish, followed by two coats of just gloss varnish.

Just an empty box…12-1/2 ” by 7-1/4” by 5-1/4” tall. new owner can decide what to store in this little box…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 07:03 PM

Nice job Bandit. you have great hand tool skills. Like that finish color.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 07:54 PM

I do like it. Of course you know I have been watching.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 07:59 PM

Very nice. New owner will love it.

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

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 08:00 PM

Well done, sir!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-05-2016 08:11 PM

That cherry looks good.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 09-05-2016 08:35 PM

This is a good looking box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 12:13 AM

NICE !!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-06-2016 12:25 AM

From the hand cut finger joints to the raised panel lid, a great little box, Bandit! Congrats on another , well earned Daily Top 3!

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 09-06-2016 01:13 AM

Go gettem Bandit. Congrats on the DTT!

-- 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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#10 posted 09-06-2016 02:04 AM

That sure is a nice looking little box!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 09-06-2016 02:27 AM


I’m pretty new to woodworking so I may be using the wrong terminology, but how did you raise the panel and leave the bead along the edges? Are box joints easier or harder than dovetails to cut by hand?

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#12 posted 09-06-2016 02:29 AM

That’s absolutely great. Way to go Bandit!!

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#13 posted 09-06-2016 03:27 AM

Finger joints seem to be about the same..for me.

The panel was raised with hand planes. The bead is from the sides, not the panel. Panel sits in grooves around the inside of the lid. I used a plane and a spokeshave to round the top of each side into a round over. Sides were too thin to use the Stanley 45 on. At least to do the bead. It worked fine making a tongue around the bottom’s edges, and cutting grooves for the top and bottom panels to sit in.

To raise a panel with a handplane: Paul Sellers has a video on youtube on how he does that.

Starts out like this…you plane at the diagonal to the grain, doing the ends first, once both ends are done, then you can go with the grain along the sides, forming a beveled edge

Until the corners look like this. Just a plain bevel. Fancier ones require a different set of planes…and set ups.

Finger joints were laid out using the width of the chisel I was chopping them with. saw the lines, chop out the waste ( just like a dovetail..)

Use these to lay out the matching fingers, and repeat. First set split the line, matching set, cut on the waste side of the line.

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#14 posted 09-06-2016 03:38 AM

awesome build ,bandit , love that finish too

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#15 posted 09-06-2016 12:08 PM

A+ on hand cut finger joints. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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