2018 Spring Box Swap

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Project by mikeacg posted 05-10-2018 11:10 AM 708 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to do something simple that took advantage of the precision of the CNC machine. Liked the idea of a tight fit puzzle-piece box that was 4 boxes in one. I laid it out in Aspire (3D CNC software) and ran tests to check for fit and tolerances. Once I felt comfortable that it was going to work I laid the parts out putting one top and one bottom side by side on each board and cut them out. I had to do a major amount of sanding and tweaking to get rid of tool marks and to get a perfect fit. Then I rounded all the edges on my shaper table.
Once I found out who my swapper was I started to panic a bit because Tim’s boxes are incredible so I decided to add a bit of personalization (and bonus items) to feel less inadequate to the task.
Now that I have my first swap under my belt I’m ready to do another one! Thanks to everyone for all their work, patience and kindness!!!
The Upper Peninsula wine caddy is one of my best-selling items but you could sell just about anything in that shape and make money up here!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#1 posted 05-10-2018 11:48 AM

Definitely one of the most creative, “out of the box”, designs for the box swap. The interlocking puzzle pieces was a great idea. Great job!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 05-10-2018 11:49 AM

So incredible idea for box!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-10-2018 11:52 AM

Nice work on making a unique take on a box for the swap, Mike!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 05-10-2018 12:12 PM

Very impressive indeed, and the personalization makes it just that much more special.
Thanks Mike!

-- Tim

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-10-2018 12:34 PM

Nice work, Mike. I’m a troll down here in Grand Rapids and I’d love to have a CNC router or laser. I think that CNC would be just the thing to make perfect fitting Yin and yang pieces. I make them by had with a lot of sanding and fitting.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-10-2018 01:31 PM

after i first seen this box …i was shocked…what a great design …an interlocking puzzle box ….WOW …you guys do come up with the wildest ideas ..i wish my brain worked like that …LOL…GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 05-10-2018 02:31 PM

an interlocking puzzle box
And he said he wanted something simple. Outstanding!!!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 05-10-2018 04:52 PM

cool box … what CNC do you have?

-- John

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#9 posted 05-10-2018 06:34 PM

Thanks for your comments. I was a little overwhelmed by the clamp box I received from Tony (GR8HUNTER) with the wonderful linkage on the lid along with the clamp and all the extras. I wasn’t sure about my box, especially when I got Tim’s name but he was very gracious in his review. Now that I have my first swap over I’m really looking forward to the Hammer swap! I was thinking I would have to pass as my lathe is still in the basement (I have quite a few tools that haven’t made it out to the shop yet since my move 5 years ago) but I keep forgetting about the lathe/milling machine I bought last Christmas. Time to start running some test designs!

John – I have a Roland Modela MDX-20 6”x 8” x 2 3/8”, an old Shopbot 4’ x 4’ x 6”, a Camaster Stinger 25” x 36” x 5”, and a Sidewinder lathe/milling machine 12” diameter x 18” length with the chuck (based on a Jet 2012).

Not enough hours in a day!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#10 posted 05-10-2018 08:32 PM

This was another totally unique box to come out of the swap. Nicely done and a super idea!

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

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