box with mitered corners

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Project by Kathy posted 07-16-2010 02:32 PM 2837 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box with mitered corners. The corners are held together with biscuits which was new to me – doing them on an angle. It actually worked!

I had to buy the clamp and was happy with the way it worked.

Putting in the bottom was also a challenge since I had never done that either. I used my router table and it was so easy!!!!!!

I finished it by simply putting on poly with stain in it.

Compared to some of the projects posted here it probably looks kind of silly but I was tickled that it turned out as well as it did.

On to more boxes:)

-- curious woodworker

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 02:49 PM

Kathy, making a box with mitered corners that fit well is no small accomplishment. As they say….. “You done good!”

I’ve yet to find the perfect corner-clamping solution, by the way.

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

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 04:02 PM

Looks good!

Learning the basics well, will help you in the long run. We all had to start somewhere. That is one square, sharp, clean box you did there. Everything you do adds to your knowledge and skills. Next project….......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 04:19 PM

Kathy, nice job. Any skill you build is something to be proud of.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 04:30 PM

you seem to have overcome your miter saw problems .

this is very nice !and lot’s of new things you learned .

i been making boxes for 45 years ,
and it still seems that with everyone ,
i get to learn something new .

if i could just remember it ,
when i need it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 04:39 PM

Nice one you did well for your first one. Looking real good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 05:12 PM

I’m with Charlie in saying mitered corners are a lot tougher than most would think. Well, lets say making “Nice” mitered corners that is…lol. Looks like you nailed a home run with your first try Kathy.

And dont feel like your project is silly at all. You made a major accomplished on a not so easy task and you deserve to be very proud of yourself. It wasn’t to long ago (actually months) that I finally started nailing them. I know my bride got sick and tired of me talking about it….. I was so stoked!.... OK… I still am…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 06:11 PM

congrat´s with the first one
but be aware boxmaking can be addictive :—))

thank´s for sharing it

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 06:16 PM

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together so perfectly? Sounds like you have lots of ‘firsts’ here, Congratulations on your success! All four miters are closed perfectly, and believe me, many of us with more experience still close a four-sided form and go “oh #%*!” You did great. See why we’re all so hooked on this?


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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 07-16-2010 06:18 PM

You did it. You did it well. And you learned some skills to take you to the next level.
Be proud!!

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#10 posted 07-16-2010 06:25 PM

Super job nice tight miters. You know Martyn had a shop made clamp system for mitered corners that is pretty slick too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 07-16-2010 06:38 PM

Way to go, Kathy. I just saw these in the Rockler catalog

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#12 posted 07-16-2010 06:50 PM

oooh, those miters came out nice!

Cool box Kathy. do you have any plan on what to use it for?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#13 posted 07-16-2010 07:14 PM

Kathy, that is a very nice box with excellent mitered corners. One thing to remember is that almost all projects built as a woodworker are based around the box whether it be an entertainment center, bookcase, table, whatever.

Nice job.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#14 posted 07-16-2010 07:25 PM

Kathy, you Did good. If you can build a little square box you can build anything!!! a box is a cabinet is a chest is a drawer is alot of things, but you have to make a nice square box first.

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#15 posted 07-16-2010 11:47 PM

I agree with a lot of the comments on the miter corners, they are difficult to get just right, you did a great job Kathy! The only one you have to tickle with your projects is you, so keep on positng, you do good work.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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