Boxes, Boxes and boxes

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Project by UncleSnail posted 01-31-2010 12:23 AM 1879 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi E1…. I am a novice…originally got into it to make my own pic frames. (3 months or so ago). Photography is my most loved hobby. Then my wife asked for a box for her dresser….so I made one and discovered how enjoyable woodworking is. Pic frames aren’t that challenging…boxes are…plus they are a lot more interesting. I like spending time out in my shop…it helps me stay sane. ‘Love this site and have met some very nice peeps here…looking forward to meeting more. Uncle Snail

-- Dale, Michigan, objects scare wife scares me too.

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 12:38 AM

saweeeeeeeeeeeet boxes, hey some of us are still having a bit of a hard time with frames cuz we went the other way. I think i have it down now though we’ll have to see with the next one or ones i make (frames).

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 12:38 AM

you are on a roll now , snail .

it looks like you are having fun with woodworking too .

nice work !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 01:08 AM

You sure caught on to box making in a hurry. Nice boxes!

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 01:37 AM

I never met a box I didn’t like especially when the boxes come in packs. Very nice work.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 02:20 AM

Can never have enough boxes. Nice stuff.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 02:39 AM

Very nice looking boxes Snailster.
Keep making sawdust!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 02:52 AM

They are beauties. Great photos also. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 03:47 AM

Sweet. Good job.
But I wanna see the inside too someday. You can post 6 pics per project.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 03:49 AM

Hi ,uncle snail.If you are a novice then I am blind Marvellous work .

-- SR

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 03:53 AM

Hi snail .Please give some pics. of the inside and also describe the type of wood.

-- SR

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 07:37 AM

There all cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 09:48 PM

Hi 5 All,
Thanks for the encouragement & comments. In response I did post some more pics …showing the insides. But? I can’t find them here. Still having some trouble navigating. P.S…I have a mentor…he has taught me most everything I know. So…..I had a head start. :)

To BigIke: Chasing the all elusive perfect miter is the catch to good picture frames….unless you choose another, more unconventional joinery. I really struggled with miters. Built several jigs etc….nothing worked until I upgraded my saw. Best advice? Go EXTREMELY slow with the cut….wood has some odd properties one would not expect and it can actually influence the path of your saw blade.

-- Dale, Michigan, objects scare wife scares me too.

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#13 posted 02-01-2010 09:54 PM

nice work – lots of box makers here

-- -erik & christy-

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#14 posted 06-21-2013 04:10 AM

Well heck, here it is like 4 years later. I have not kept in touch here but have been making sawdust all this time. My questions is: does anyone know how to get rid of sawdust? LOL. Seriously, I feel bad for being a stranger. We bought another house a year ago and my shop is now in my basement…all year round shop now. Love it. My wife has quit her job and is now playing in the shop with me…not playing with me (much to my bewilderment…I mean how much of a turn on would it be?) but working along side. She’s learning and is very enthused. She’s cute too. I am teaching her everything except for the table saw. Not gonna happen. Everything else-fine.

Regarding the all elusive miter cut: I have figured out a lot about these cuts. I finally threw out all my jigs. Sold my Craftsman miter saw for $25 (wasn’t worth that) and bought a Dewalt 713 miter saw. Dead nut accurate 45’s right out of the box. The advantage with the miter saw is that you’re cutting the miter down through the wood instead of into the face of it. It finally dawned on me that the wood tends to bend this latter way. Miters have to be dead accurate…as any other joint has to be. Coming down on the edge grain of the board is much less stressful on it and produces much better cuts plus is much easier to control the wood.

I just purchased a Jet 16-32 drum sander. Very nice! And a huge time saver. I plank a lot and this sander is perfect for them. I get the rough spots off then use my flattening hand plane then my smoothing plane to put the final face on it. Sanding can’t even come close to a smoothing plane. Anyone know where I can find a used Lie Nielson block plane? Darn things are a work of art but are too costly for me new.

Well, hope to hear from you all and God bless ya. Dale (Uncle Snail).

-- Dale, Michigan, objects scare wife scares me too.

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