Air Dragon Box Mk I

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Project by robscastle posted 06-06-2017 11:41 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the completed box I had intended to use for my friends Air Inflator but was too small.
Originally the subject of a blog.

So I wont repeat any construction processes here.

After seeing it sitting around I decided to finish it and make it of some use, not sure just what that is at the moment but I will think of something I guess.

Construction: I used plain miter joints, and glued all the sides together and made a sliding lid.

I used two sets of magnets to hold the lid closed.
The box set are screwed in place and the lid set are hot melt glued as I had to reverse them to allow them to attract each other.

I then gave it an overall sanding and then stained the two panels on each of the sides for effect, rounded over all the edges, and finished up by milling a section out of the bottom the make four feet.

Afterwards I noticed the rounding of the corners interefered with the grain flow of the wood by making a spike effect from one edge to the next

I used a Scotch brite pad to remove the “Fur” from within the routing grooves, as I wanted to maintain the square edges of the panels.

It was then given a couple of coats of Gloss sealer and left it to dry.

I wasnt able to add splines this time due to my rounding of the edges and “fancy” router work

What happened to the “other Box” The correct size Air Dragon Box Mk II is in progress and will be posted soon.
I am awaiting a delivery of some latches for it. Here is a sneak peek in its naked form.

Other info: Photo quality. Update, after posting a reply and seeing the poor effort on the photo quality I took 2 more pictures rearranged the sequence to see if there was an improvement in the quality of my phone photos. A reasonable improvement …Maybe it was poor light.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 12:21 PM

hello Robert
Well done,look very strong
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 08:31 PM


Nice design. Looking forward to seeing the next version. Keep posting and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 09:30 PM

Nice looking box! great style. I read your blog, a bit late for suggestions but here’s one. I made the same mistake before, my solution was to NOT join the 45’s. Add enough wood between them until it fits. Box then has an eight sided look. Like this

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 09:41 PM

Thanks Bambi,
I am just checking out your latest post, it looks like our communications tower in the National capital.

Big Al, I hope you will be impressed with the MkII version sadly still no splines yet!

jeffswildwood, ha ha its almost the same routine I followed when I screwed up. the additional sections are worthy of remembering as it was a good save from your pictures. I remember doing something similar when I was fitting some PVC drain pipe for the kitchen I cut the pipe too short so added 2×45 deg elbows to correct it!!.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 06-06-2017 11:53 PM

Now that’s a first class box Rob, and all it took was a second go…
I wish all my project end results were so simply attained

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 05:44 AM

Great Job Rob.
Been thinking about one of those.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 06-19-2017 10:16 AM

Very nice looking box Rob. I’m not trying to step on your toes here but if you add the splines before you round the corners it should work, that’s what I do on my rounded corners.

Thanks for sharing, always nice seeing your projects.

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 06:10 AM

Gone in the council clean up
Apr 2018

-- Regards Rob

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