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Project by ChretienWoodworking posted 06-12-2018 02:08 PM 799 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my third woodworking project. It was made with curly maple with mahogany splines.

Lesson learned: make sure you use a blade that produces flat cuts when doing splines so you get a nice solid line.





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majuvla

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 06:27 PM

Nice corners!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 10:24 PM

pretty interesting spline arrangemant, oh and nice box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Boxguy

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 10:35 PM

Cretien, nice work. I really like the variety in splines. It is an eye-catching feature in this project. The faux feet also add to the look. Maple and mahogany is an attractive combination. Now on to hinges, lifts, and internal dividers. You might give your readers the size of your box. It is difficult to tell scale from just a picture. You did a fine job on this box. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 11:45 PM

For just your third woodworking project, I’d say you’re one the right path! Very nice box. And I hear you about that ‘flat blade’ thing – so THAT’S why my splines are rarely just perfect!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 12:09 AM

Chretien, I too made the same mistake on splines for my first boxes. Get yourself a good 1/8” flattop blade.

Well done on the box. Your bevel joints look nice and tight. That takes a while to get the hang of it. In addition to listening to guys like Boxguy, who has been helpful to me, you might check out some of the books or videos by Doug Stowe, a master of box works. http://www.dougstowe.com

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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ChretienWoodworking

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 01:49 AM


Cretien, nice work. I really like the variety in splines. It is an eye-catching feature in this project. The faux feet also add to the look. Maple and mahogany is an attractive combination. Now on to hinges, lifts, and internal dividers. You might give your readers the size of your box. It is difficult to tell scale from just a picture. You did a fine job on this box. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy


Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I no longer have this box as it was a gift. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for future posts!

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ChretienWoodworking

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 01:52 AM



Chretien, I too made the same mistake on splines for my first boxes. Get yourself a good 1/8” flattop blade.

Well done on the box. Your bevel joints look nice and tight. That takes a while to get the hang of it. In addition to listening to guys like Boxguy, who has been helpful to me, you might check out some of the books or videos by Doug Stowe, a master of box works. http://www.dougstowe.com

- BburgBoy


Thanks, Larry! I’ll definitely check out Doug’s work!

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 05:54 AM

Nice box, great use of some crazy curly Maple, and the contrast of the Mahogany is splendid, as are the differing splines. Great box.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 01:03 PM

Nice work. You sure do learn rapidly if this is only the third project and they will keep on getting better. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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ChretienWoodworking

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 02:18 PM



Nice work. You sure do learn rapidly if this is only the third project and they will keep on getting better. Congratulations.

- helluvawreck


Thanks! Just TONS of YouTube videos and articles…lol. Wish I would have taken shop class or something in high school and college. I LOVE woodworking!

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