Maple and Cherry In-Boxes

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Project by LewH posted 03-05-2010 05:51 PM 1527 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 03-05-2010 06:00 PM

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 03-05-2010 06:14 PM

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 03-05-2010 06:36 PM

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 03-05-2010 06:44 PM

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 03-05-2010 06:59 PM

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 03-05-2010 09:36 PM

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 03-05-2010 11:43 PM

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!


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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 12:50 AM

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.


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#9 posted 03-06-2010 02:18 AM

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 03-22-2010 12:23 PM

great idea better than plastick
thankĀ“s for sharing


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