Box in a box?

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 04-27-2011 01:05 AM 1980 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to Steve I gave this little project a try. First picture is my first attempt at cutting a block in a block, success. Second one I got brave and thought I could have three blocks, and after many many many many failed attempts I finally got one. I used some cedar 4×4’s I used making corbels for the house left over, they are way too soft for the Fostner bit. That was the big problem, I kept getting large and larger tear-outs. Now that I have the technique figured out I’ll try some harder wood and see what happens.

Thanks for look’n!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 02:01 AM

i take it the boxes are too big to be removed, so how did you free up the corners?

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 02:05 AM

You’re correct the inside box is too large to fit through the hole, thus the question on how…
You keep drilling the hole, carefully sneaking up on the inside box until you have just the smallest amount of wood holding the inside corners of the box then you carefully cut the corners free.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Paul Pomerleau

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 02:41 AM

Nicely done.
Hey, you are using the same technique that I use to finish the projects, nails through a board.
Works well.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 04-27-2011 05:10 AM

Hello MS,
Neat project. I was hoping that you could direct me to Steve’s post so I too can attempt this project. Thanks.

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#5 posted 04-27-2011 09:18 AM

It may (probably) is somewhere on LJ. But I saw it on You Tube.

It is a fun project for a chunk of scrap 4×4 and a good challenge. (And a good way to waste an afternoon!)


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#6 posted 04-27-2011 01:33 PM

N6DSW – You hit the nail on the head with the challenge and time! I have a scrap tub with chunks of broken 4×4’s learning this project….and I did spend the entire afternoon up in the shop. Only one thing could have been better…..”gone fishing” sign hung on the door.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 04-28-2011 04:19 AM

Nice! Now get a really big block and try for 4 levels! LOL. These things never fail to fascinate guests to the house.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#8 posted 04-28-2011 02:55 PM

I am eying a nice chuck of oak for just that project Steve! Great minds do think alike, don’t they? I’m a pulling for you on the Norm interview, but there is Tommy Silva to consider.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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