Box II

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Project by Chashint posted 09-14-2016 03:07 AM 1390 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, thanks for taking a look.
This box is built with Padauk and Maple, the hinges are Oak.
Internal dimensions are ~ 11×8 x 4d
Finish is Minwax tung oil.
When I was initially figuring out how I was going to build this the lid and bottom were going to be flat and and about 3/8” thick. Somewhere along the line I decided I didn’t like the flat recessed lid and I changed it to be ~3/4” thick with the routed edge. I should have made the bottom the same thickness as the top for weight balance.
The box does not tip with the lid fully open but it is close.
I may have to add a small chain to stop the lid opening instead of having the hinges set how wide the lid opens.
I am still learning and experimenting, many thanks to the community here for your support.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#1 posted 09-14-2016 04:42 AM

Charlie, there are a lot of things to like in this box. I like the rounded corners, the ogee top shape, the sculpted finger lift, the finish look, the color contrast, and especially the well contoured hinges. Most wooden hinges look bulky and thick, yours don’t. I would add a chain just to take the strain off the wooden hinges when the box is opened and to help the box balance. Clock Chain from Campbell’s will work. Lowe’s no longer has it on line.

Everyone has a different idea about what looks good, but I am not a fan of box joints on boxes except for commercial purposes. I am a corner spline guy. This box is very well made and should last a lifetime if the hinges hold up. Nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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

Nice colours – big plus for wooden hinges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 09-14-2016 04:41 PM

Great looking box. I really like the hinges and joinery.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 09-14-2016 05:11 PM

Looks good

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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

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#5 posted 09-14-2016 09:35 PM

Charlie, this box is really nice. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#6 posted 09-14-2016 10:36 PM

Ditto what box guy said

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 09-14-2016 11:14 PM

Thanks to everyone.
I do appreciate the feedback and I will take it to heart when I begin the next box.
I have just started building boxes out of hardwoods and I am certainly learning on the fly.
Considerable effort has been put into making my tools cut true at 90 degrees.
I guess at some point I need to go through that process at 45 degrees too.
The finger joint construction it really pretty forgiving compared to mitered corners ( at least that has been my experience) and while I find it attractive it is the joint I think I have the best chance of executing right now.
I can do dove tails pretty good too, how do y’all feel about them verses fingers and miters?
I too question the longevity of the wood hinges especially when I am making them small like this?
Its kinda being between the rock and a hard place for me, I like the wood hinges.
Chunky boxes do not really appeal to me either, I am trying to find my way on side board is box has 3/8” thick sides and it looks just a little thin to me, the last box was about 2/3 reds the size and had 1/2” thick sides and I thought it was a little too thick….LOL yes no pleasing me.
Its great fun though and I will get better with more practice.

-- Regards, Charlie

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 09-15-2016 12:27 AM

Nice box! I make lots of boxes, simpler than yours. I make them with similar dimensions and I use all 3/8” thick stock.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#9 posted 09-15-2016 09:37 AM

Charlie, for boxes the size of yours, I prefer 5/8” stock. Click here for examples.

For cutting 45s I suggest this shop-made jig. If you are making many boxes, it will save you a lot of time cranking back and forth. With this jig, I can cut all eight corners of a box in about two minutes and the opposing sides match exactly. The big benefit is that my saw stays at 90 degrees. You might find the index below useful too.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music boxes
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Cutting cloth liners for trays and the bottom of boxes.
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
Teaching Boxmaking

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 09-15-2016 01:48 PM

Big Al,
This list includes a lot more than I have previously discovered.
Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to share this.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#11 posted 09-15-2016 01:50 PM

Simpler than mine ??
I think not…. LOL
I want to try a ribbon box, but I am not there yet with my skill set.
Nice work on all of your projects.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#12 posted 09-15-2016 01:56 PM

I really love this box ….. the color combination is awesome ….... and wood hinges …... WOW …...they look great ….. GREAT JOB


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#13 posted 09-16-2016 03:24 AM

Nice work on those hinges and the contrast and wood selection is nice.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 09-16-2016 11:58 PM

Thanks to all.

-- Regards, Charlie

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#15 posted 09-17-2016 11:42 PM

A mighty fine box Charlie. Luv the wood combos, and the wood hinges.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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