Walnut & Curly Maple Box

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Project by shredkeenan posted 12-24-2010 08:22 PM 1895 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box as a Christmas present for my future father-in-law (finished just in the nick of time!).

I used my new Freud box joint blades to make the splines. First cut the 3/8” notches, glued in the maple splines, cut and sanded flush. Then reverse the blades without moving the fence to get a perfectly centered 1/4” groove, lower the blade 1/16” and cut again. Glue in walnut splines, cut and sand flush, and presto you have a very cool effect.

Size: 6” x 6” x 6”
Wood: Walnut and Curly Maple
Finish: BLO and wipe-on polyurethane, then buffed.

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 08:36 PM

Those are very cool splines. I really like the way the look; if I could figure out how to do that by hand now….

-- Mike, Western New York

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 08:41 PM

The Splines! WOW!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 09:08 PM

Nice work… I’ll have to try that.

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

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 09:13 PM

that box is elegant sir

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 09:20 PM

very kool idea on those 2-tone splines. very nice project.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 09:49 PM

Very Nice Work! love the splines.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 10:18 PM

Love love love the splines. I still haven’t made a simple spline jig yet. But the new year is almost here. I can work on projects other than Christmas gifts finally.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 10:42 PM

Nice job I love it.

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 10:45 PM

Very cool looking box. Nice angles and arcs. Not to mention beautiful wood.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 10:57 PM

The splines are awesome! The box looks really nice too. Nice combination of woods.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#11 posted 12-25-2010 12:21 AM

Now ain’t nothing wrong with getting some killer brownie points with the future Father In-Law. Well done & I too am a huge fan of the splines!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 12-25-2010 12:34 AM

A double spline a first here at LJ’s, nice work, will have to try it myself so cool…happy holiday.

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#13 posted 12-25-2010 04:00 AM

That is a real head turner – nicely engineered!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#14 posted 12-25-2010 05:11 AM

Great looking box! Hard to go wrong with walnut and maple. Love the splines and thanks for relating how you did it. Wonder how it would work to tilt the blade about 15 degrees and do the same thing? Might have to give that a try on a test piece one of these days.


-- 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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#15 posted 12-25-2010 01:09 PM

Elegant, clean lines and a great wood combo. I’m sure he will love it, well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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