Octagon Box

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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 04-03-2010 11:18 PM 1531 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Teddy got me inspired with his walnut and maple box to do one the really shows off the contrast. I selected an Octagon with maple showing as the bottom when you open the box. The design is basically the same sliding dovetail however with the complexity of putting in a key we decided this one should have a simple catch so we put neodymium magnets in the rim of the walnut and in the top to keep the box closed.

Should I repeat this project I would have inserted a maple bottom inside the walnut so that from the outside you would only see walnut. I was really surprised at how easy the walnut ring was to make and it was very fun and rewarding when I realized that the best way to make the pieces was a back-saw and sandpaper. Being patient with hand tools can be very relaxing

In my past I was a small plane pilot, in one of the magazines I read at the time was a one page article titled ” I learned about flying from that”. It was basically a collection of stories by pilots who messed up and lived to tell the tale. Sharing the story in hopes that it would make other pilots smarter. I share this picture with the rule Never route a dovetail cross grain. Fortunately me and the dog who shares the shop with me were unharmed when the piece flew off the router table and across the room.

This was a pleasure to build hope you like it.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 12:00 AM

A very challenging piece for sure, nice colors in wood selection. Thank for posting…BC

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 01:57 AM

great work! love the dovetail lid.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 02:37 AM

The dovetail detail came out awesome. Looks like a challenging project.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 04:21 AM

nice results… was the dovetail cut completely by hand?
great results…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 04:21 AM

Very nice indeed. The wood contrast and locking dovetails are great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Ron Henricksen

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 04:29 AM

The dovetail was cut on the router table per the project posted by the Marc the Woodwhisperer around Christmas time.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 05:25 AM

Looks good nice box.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 05:44 AM

Great box. Love the dovetail lid. Thanks for the info on cross grain routing. That kind of accident can cost fingers or worse. Glad you and the dog are OK.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 02:56 AM

Looks great. Nice colors and no cracks !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 03:24 PM

looks great and thankĀ“s for the warning


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#11 posted 04-15-2010 02:01 AM

Awesome box, looks real nice i love boxes that are unique. Fantastic job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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