Poplar Box, 1st time mitering corners, and cutting for keys.

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Project by dragonnotes posted 1594 days ago 1540 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 3rd box. I built a small sled to cut 45 deg. angles and a key cutting jig from a old cabinet door I found on the street. Sled and jig could be shown if requested. The sled is ok, the key cutting jig is butt ugly!
Poplar box with red oak keys. The lid and the rabbeted lip inside, were by accident, but there is the opportunity for creativity. Finished with shellac. Which not too many people mention as their choice of finish, I love it. But I’m still a newbee. Much, much to learn, and loving every second of it.

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#1 posted 1594 days ago

Nice job on the keys.
Not all jigs need to be beautiful,
as long as they do the job. : )

Great work !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#2 posted 1594 days ago

Good job dude. I am shellac curious as I’m not a fan of polly. Your finish looks nice. And I think the “accident” of the lid is actually pretty cool. As a fellow newb I can tell you that, if you are willing, you should always post your jigs. Lumberjocks enjoy discussing jigs every bit as much as projects.

Nice work

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#3 posted 1594 days ago

The box looks great, but the camera lens needs cleaning. Or were you going for that seductive look?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 1594 days ago

LOL. The pics were from my IPhone which probably had fingerprints all over it from “Daddy can I play with your phone?”

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#5 posted 1594 days ago

Great looking keys – I have recently done my first miter keyed box, not yet finished it. Still have to cut the bad keys out and redo them !! Some of mine did not fully seat leaving a gap behind them, Live and Learn !! ;-)

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 1594 days ago

Very nice! Can’t tell it was your first…..

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

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#7 posted 1594 days ago

Good box. I’m never really happy with using keys myself. I like the seductive look to the pics.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 1593 days ago

cool box very good work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 1593 days ago

Cool job on the beveled top. You made a nice box.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 1592 days ago

It’s a very nice piece of work.
How did you find working with poplar?
I’ve only used it once, with mixed results.


-- John

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#11 posted 1592 days ago

I actually like the poplar. I find it easy to work with. I only use it because I can get cutoffs from the cull cart at Home Depot. So, it was just an inexpensive way to make mistakes! But even the nice boards are affordable.

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#12 posted 1553 days ago

Nice job. You overcame a common newbie box maker error. Glue stain around the keys.
Nice job!

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#13 posted 1553 days ago

very nice box

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#14 posted 1553 days ago

It all looks good from here

-- Custom furniture

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