Simple Tissue Boxes

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Project by splintergroup posted 12-02-2016 06:54 PM 1162 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Plenty of the smaller tissue boxes showing up here on the LJ, I though I’d give it a go with some scraps!

The bases are finger jointed walnut and white oak, the top is from my dwindling stash of apricot.

I had expected more contrast between the oak and walnut after finishing, oh well 8^)

It all started with a glued up slab of oak/walnut to resaw into the 1/2” thick box walls:

The top needed an oval opening, so I made a template from 1/4” masonite.

The opening began as an oval printed out from a drafting program, then tack-glued onto the masonite.
I drilled out the bulk of the hole then finished with a saber saw. A rasp was used for cleanup.

A few pieces of double sided tape holds the template to the work piece:

A pattern bit on the router table does the rest. I use a top/bottom (dual) bearing pattern bit so I can avoid the “uphill” cuts across the grain by only moving the bit a tiny amount.

The hole is rounded over with a rounder bit on both sides.

The top has a stepped edge to “lock” into the base for glue up.

Quick and simple!

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#1 posted 12-02-2016 07:45 PM

I like the design and the use of salvage woods.

Nicely done! Will make excellent small gifts.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 12-02-2016 10:28 PM

Splint, these are nice looking. How did you attach the tops to the bases?

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 02:12 AM

Very nice. Love the contrasting wood you selected. The apricot is really eye catching. That top is great – I need to make myself a template like that. What finish did you use?

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 02:18 PM

Thanks guys!

Art, the top has a rabbet running around the edge (1/8” deep) and it is glued along the end grain.

BB1, The template is nice to have, once it’s made, it’ll last for a long time. The finish is “natural” Danish oil topped with Formbys low gloss wiping varnish.

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#5 posted 12-03-2016 03:15 PM

the grain on the Oak really looks great.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 12-03-2016 04:29 PM

These are very nice and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 05:19 AM

It’s all but simple. It has some very nice woodworking elements like fingerjoints. I like the angled edges of top lid.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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