Another box, rather simple

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Project by northlander posted 02-07-2010 02:13 AM 2190 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my 4yr old son to keep things in. The wood is oak with walnut pegs and a walnut handle. The construction is pretty simple although there was a small problem with splitting putting in the square pegs into round holes. My test hole I tried it on was in the middle of a board, once they are on the edges it increase the possibility of splitting. Anyway, I only had to fix one split. The key seems to be keeping the size of the square peg as close as possible to the round hole. This was the first time making a top of this style and it’s secured with a brass rod for the hinge. It’s simple but has enough to keep it interesting.

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#1 posted 02-07-2010 02:16 AM

looks good

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-07-2010 02:33 AM

I like it – the square pegs are a nice touch.

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#3 posted 02-07-2010 02:48 AM

Simple & nice. Well done.

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#4 posted 02-07-2010 02:52 AM

Simple is usually the most beautiful. Excellent.

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 03:04 AM

looks real nice ,
well done .

one way to do the square thing ,
is to put in a short dowel loose ,
( sand slightly ) ,
and slide a mortising chisel
( the casing part ) down over it ,
and strike with a hammer ,
enough to score it . and pull the dowel ,
and finish the holes with a flat chisel .
then you put a real dowel in with glue ,
(slightly under the surface of the wood ) ,
and inlay the square plug over the dowel .

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#6 posted 02-07-2010 03:17 AM

Well done. Can you tell us what the dimensions are? It looks like it may be fairly large, but I can’t really tell from the pictures.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 02-07-2010 03:31 AM

Nice looking box, I like the choice of wood.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 04:08 AM

I avoid the problem by cheating, I use a dedicated Morticer to make the square holes

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 05:51 AM

I like the inset lid. Nice job!

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 06:33 AM


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#11 posted 02-07-2010 06:55 AM

can you please explain the process of using the brass rod for the hinge? Is the box assembled with the top already in place? I don’t understand how this works but would really like to know! Thanks in advance.

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 08:12 AM

well done sort of a green and green motif
simple design Im sure he will love it

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 01:41 PM

Good looking box. Try a mortise chisel to make the square holes. They fit right into your drill press.
This complete kit is what I have, it takes care of my limited furniture making needs. I think I got it at Lowe’s for a bit less.

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 04:25 PM

very nice wood grain.very pleaseing to the eye

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#15 posted 02-07-2010 06:07 PM

To use the brass rod as a hinge lay the lid in place and use a guide from the outside to bore the hole for the rod through the outside of the box into the lid, tap in the rod and hinge is in place. The size of the box is approx. 11×9. Thanks for the square peg ideas, I’ll certainly try them the next time.

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