Gable Box

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Project by SPalm posted 06-01-2010 03:22 AM 2959 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I call a Gable Box after it’s resemblance to a gable window on a roof. It is my own design. I kind of like the concept, and I am already at work on the next generations of it. It is a veneer design using quarter-sawn cherry on MDF. I have a blog on the build process here. I shortened it, routed the feet, and added the hinges since that blog. Not much to show there, so I am just posting it as a finished project.

The hinges are not my favorite, and I had a bit of trouble getting the screws to take in the endgrain of the MDF. I removed the screws, filled the holes with Super Glue, and reinserted the screws. That helped a bit, but I need to address this better in the future.

Thanks for looking,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 03:27 AM

Cool design. How exactly did you make and attatch the gables?

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 03:30 AM

This is a unique and wonderful box so very well done steve

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 03:34 AM

Hey TWG,

The top is veneered 1/4 inch MDF cut into triangles and assembled. It is then placed on an box made of 1/2 inch MDF. Now the whole box is ‘wrapped’ in veneer. This covers up the seem of the top.

Kind of hard to describe, so see the blog,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 03:35 AM

Very nice, I will most definitely check out the blog on how you made this.

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 03:46 AM

All I can say is “wow!”. This was no easy project, and you pulled it off beautifully, Steve.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 04:38 AM

I read the blog. Lot of diligent work done here

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 04:43 AM

This turned out beautiful. Great job on this and thank you for blogging about it. You give me great inspiration to try veneering!

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 04:58 AM

Steve: A great looking little box.

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 05:13 AM

Very unique looking box. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 05:30 AM

I really like this one!!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 07:01 AM

Steve, I’ve been looking for this. It came out great. I really like you you kept it simple with the veneer. Its really striking. I can’t wait to see the next generation.

Try drilling a little bigger than the screws and then filling the holes with epoxy. Then re-drill into the epoxy for the screws.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 06-01-2010 11:53 AM

I love it! totally original and fantastic looking. Wonderful craftsmanship as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 06-01-2010 12:14 PM

Btw Blake nice tip there thanks…

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#14 posted 06-01-2010 02:59 PM

This is so beautiful as an Architect I’m in love.
Beautiful craftmanship.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 06-01-2010 03:50 PM

That turned out really nice Steve. I like the sharp angles and the change in grain on the roof.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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