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Project by splintergroup posted 12-15-2016 07:22 PM 988 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still playing around with different styles of boxes, although I’m generally committed to boxes with legs just because they provide a nice place to experiment with alternate construction methods and materials.

These two boxes are identical except for the wood used on the corners. Dimensions are 8”w x 6”d x 3”h. The sides are 1/2” thick.
The primary wood is apricot, the secondary wood is walnut on one and jatoba on the other.

Construction

Simple! ( I like simple 8^)

The basic box has mitered corners and a ledge for supporting the second level of trays.

Three levels of splines are added for reinforcement. The splines are hidden behind the legs.
All together, the corners carry a continuous miter joint, but the splines make the joint very strong.

In the past I have used 1/4” stock for the trays and used my box joint blade to cut flat bottomed dados for their construction. This time I tried 1/8” stock to reduce the “clunkiness”. It worked, but proved more difficult with the occasional chipping of the apricot.

Another sticking point I’m trying to address is what/how to deal with the offset hinge requirement when there are legs. The top needs its pivot point moved back in these cases. My solution this time was a “thickener” bar added to the back.

Side rail hinges would work, but I seem to only be able to find ones 1/2” wide, a bit too big for a small box.
The lid is a panel glued up from two narrower pieces of apricot. Fortunately the grain and color does a good job of hiding the joint line.

Thanks for looking!





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Bud_3

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#1 posted 12-15-2016 08:46 PM

Catchy!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 12-15-2016 09:14 PM

No catches involved, it’s all gravity to keep things closed 8^)

Thanks Bud!

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#3 posted 12-15-2016 09:22 PM

Amazing, again your sense of style shines through.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#4 posted 12-15-2016 09:23 PM

Doing, quality work as usual with a peachy design.

-- Art

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#5 posted 12-16-2016 01:26 AM

GREAT!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#6 posted 12-16-2016 02:29 AM

Splinter, I really like your design. The legs are a nice feature. Apricot is a beautiful wood. This is a great box.

In the interest of sharing ideas, this is a box I made that has a similar design.

I installed a partial wrap-around hinge from Rockler. That did require somewhat thicker sides and top…5/8 as I recall. It let me mount the hinge inside the box and make a really strong connection.

Though it doesn’t show well on this corner, I made a jig that allowed me to taper the legs from top to bottom on the table saw. There are more construction details in the link posting.

I liked seeing your work and am eager to see what you will come up with next. You obviously like trying out new ideas. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 12-16-2016 12:41 PM

I love the style, very clean and elegant.

There is a lot of work in a small package and it is nicely executed.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#8 posted 12-16-2016 01:03 PM

Excellent work splinter! I like the leg design on these and the wood choices are great.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 12-16-2016 03:37 PM



Doing, quality work as usual with a peachy design.

- AandCstyle

Peachy? Ok Art, you’re really stretching on this one 8^)

Big Al:

Thanks for the details! The offset piano hinge certainly is one solution to the lid overhang, I never thought about those even existing!

Your tapered legs, is the taper in the thickness?

I have some semi-exotics to burn through so my next boxes will probably be small, fitted lid types, but then I’ll probably give a frame and panel style another go, lost of potential to royally screw things up with those 8^)

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#10 posted 12-16-2016 03:38 PM

Jim, RJR, thanks!

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#11 posted 12-16-2016 04:14 PM

This is a beautiful piece with a lot of nice accents and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#12 posted 12-16-2016 04:53 PM

I realy like those added legs. They indeed gives endles possibility to experiment with various shapes, sizes and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-16-2016 05:03 PM

Thanks Charles, Ivan!

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#14 posted 12-17-2016 03:47 AM

Splinter, by tapered I mean the legs I made are thinner at the top than at the bottom. I made and sold several, but I didn’t take time to photo them, so I can’t give you a shot of a better example. Sorry.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 12-17-2016 02:28 PM

Got it Big Al, yet another dimension in which to experiment.
Time to start thinking about another design.

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