Maple and Cherry In-Boxes

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Project by LewH posted 1629 days ago 1384 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is an attempt to create order out of the chaos of my desktop. My in-box was overflowing, so rather than file some stuff away, I decided to ADD MORE IN-BOXES. Logical, no?

I also practised a new (to me) joinery technique – the splined miter joint. My opinion is that this joint is attractive when used with contrasting woods, but does not add that much strength.

My hope is that the cherry will darken with age, as I would have liked more contrast between the maple and the cherry.

-- Smile!

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#1 posted 1629 days ago

Nice! Like the cherry and maple, should get better looking as it ages. These are on my to make list also. Your logic makes perfect sense, LOL

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 1629 days ago

I always say,...”ADD MORE IN-BOXES”. You did a great job on this. It looks really nice!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 1628 days ago

Looks great. Put the cherry in the sun and it should darken quicker.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 1628 days ago

Nice work! Ive been planning on doing this for my desk as well. Then all my coworkers would probably want them too. Here in the microwave society, you could use mahogany instead to get the darker look lol…
Put them close to a window or outside for a little while and that should darken the cherry.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#5 posted 1628 days ago

Sweet project. Did you base this off of Woodsmith? I think I recall seeing a similar project in there. Excellent work.

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#6 posted 1628 days ago

It is on my list to build this too – Yours turned out quite well..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#7 posted 1628 days ago

I like – very nice job. “In” boxes, eh? I used to call mine day boxes. At the end of the day, everything in Day 3 went into the circular file, everything in Day 2 went into Day 3, and everything in Day 1 went into Day 2. Then I was ready to start a new day!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 1628 days ago

Those look great!
I’ve been thinking about something similar for my desk at work.

Can you explain what you mean by a “splined mortise”? As you refer to.
The joints I see are miter joints with corner keys. The keys add significant strength to miter joints.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#9 posted 1628 days ago

Any idea on where I can find this plan? I’ve been wanting to make this since the first one I saw

-- Patrick

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#10 posted 1612 days ago

great idea better than plastick
thank´s for sharing


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