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Mitered Box with Veneered Lid

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Project by Lenny posted 10-26-2016 08:07 PM 787 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box made from techniques appearing in the April 2015 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine (#246). The article does not provide full plans and dimensions for the project so I had to wing it in some areas. The article is titled, “Secrets to a Perfect Mitered Box”, and subtitled, “How to create a seamless grain match and gap-free joints. It was written by Matt Kenney. I liked what I saw and read and decided to try a test box. The primary feature here is to have grain flow around all four corners of the box by using a resaw method. I’m comfortable and happy with the results. Relative to the gap-free joints, that did not go as well as the article led me to believe it would. The corners are mitered and Kenney recommends “sizing” the corners, that is, applying a 50/50 mix of water and glue to help seal the end grain. You let it dry and then apply glue normally when ready for your glue-up. When I tried this, the boards actually curled or cupped slightly! With clamps applied where needed during glue-up, I was able to remove or reverse the cupping. The box is made from white oak. For decorative purposes and also, just in case, I added mahogany keys to the corners. When it came to the bottom and lid, I had some scrap walnut that was not vibrant in color so I opted to use it here. I also decided to try my hand at veneering, on the lid. A friend and fellow LJ, Mike (Rxmpo), sent a sample pack of veneer to me back in 2013 and I had not used any of it. While not certain, I think this veneer is either ribbon mahogany or ribbon sapele. It is nicely figured. The lid lift is also mahogany. I added a bevel to the edges of the lid field. This exposed more of the walnut and I like the contrast. However, if I knew I was going to do this, I would have used mahogany instead of walnut. The trays have mitered corners but are so small, I did not include keys. I added dark brown felt to the tray bottoms. The finished dimensions of the box are ten inches long by six inches wide and 3-3/4 inches tall. I opted for a jewelry box stop hinge. The finish is Watco Danish Oil followed by Howard’s Feed-n-Wax, a citrus-based product with carnauba wax. I feel the box came out well enough to give it as a gift. I shipped it to Mike and he is quite pleased. Thanks again for the sample veneer pack Mike. I have several pieces left for future projects.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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littlecope

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 09:29 PM

Nice, Clean Work on a Handsome Box Lenny!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Mean_Dean

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 09:58 PM

That’s a very nice looking box—especially for a “test” box! The ribboning in the veneer really looks great!

For gluing endgrain, I’ve found that if you apply a thin coat of glue, and let it sit for about 3 minutes, then apply another coat of glue as you normally would, it seems to serve the same function as glue sizing, with a lot less hassle.

-- Dean

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 10:19 PM

The box came out great Lenny.
The finish is beautiful.
Nice work from your shop as always !

-- Eric, central Florida

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Lenny

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#4 posted 10-26-2016 11:24 PM

Thanks guys! Dean, thanks for the tip. I’ll give it a try.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Woodenwizard

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#5 posted 10-27-2016 12:10 AM

Great little project. I Like the veneer work and the splines set off the box nicely. Your projects always inspire me. Thanks Lenny.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Lenny

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#6 posted 10-27-2016 12:14 AM

Thank you John.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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NormG

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#7 posted 10-27-2016 12:17 AM

With or without full plans you did an awesome job on this box, love the color of the drawer bottoms, thank you for sharing this with us

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Rxmpo

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#8 posted 10-27-2016 12:34 AM

Lenny,

The box is awesome. The pics here are good, but in the natural light, it looks amazing!

Best part was that I had no idea it was coming!!

Thank you!
Mike

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Lenny

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#9 posted 10-27-2016 12:45 AM

Thank you Norman. Mike, the box spoke to me and said that you were to be the recipient. Seriously, I’m happy that you like it and thank you for the compliments.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 10-27-2016 03:16 AM

That is a really great looking box. That raised beveled is really stands out.

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#11 posted 10-27-2016 10:27 AM

The carcass miters appear perfect. What method did you use to cut them?

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Lenny

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#12 posted 10-27-2016 10:59 AM

Thank you Bob and Jat. I use a Wixey miter gauge to set the table saw blade to 45 degrees and a cross cut sled that has a 45 degree slot in it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 10-27-2016 11:58 AM

hey lenny, i was wondering if you still owned your saw stop, , or had any wood….lol and look at me, i have no room to talk, really nice box….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 10-27-2016 12:18 PM

It’s a beautiful box and you used some very interesting techniques. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Lenny

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#15 posted 10-27-2016 12:43 PM

Thanks Charles. As for you Grizz, geez, it hasn’t been THAT long since my last project!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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