Router Bit and Accessory Box

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Project by grovemadman posted 02-11-2008 03:57 AM 2085 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second box I ever made. It’s been a thorn in my minds side ever since. I made several mistakes, the biggest being an attempt at trying to put spray on felt inside. This was a disaster and ruined the box. I made it to hold my router bits and router accessories. The wood is Poplar and the finish is Watco golden oak.

I did manage to match the grain up around the box kind of nicely. The joints turned out relatively tight. I made the box and glued it together and then cut completely through 2 sides, and then cut 2 sides almost all the way through then cut the rest of the way with a utility knife. I cleaned up the rest with a block plane and finished it with a coat of Danish oil. I put the corners on so it wouldn’t damage the corners bouncing around the shop. I learned a lot about making boxes properly from this disaster box though. I remember my Dad telling me I should have taken my time and it would’ve turned out right. He was right when he said a 6 year old could have made a better box! It still is in one piece though. I made it when I was about three month’s sober.
I shouldn’t criticize it too much, It kept me from feeding my arm or getting drunk! Now that I look at it right now I am grateful I have been able to stay sober 8 years and going on 9!!! This box may have saved my life…

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 04:03 AM

looks nice closed. might try some texture paint on the inside !

welcome to lumberjocks !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 04:17 AM

The grain on the top and front look good. I like the way they match up. If you want to felt it, use a
pre-glued felt you can find at any hobby shop.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 04:43 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

The outside grain matching is really GREAT! Instead of gluing felt from a bolt of cloth, try this sprayed in flock.

How it works is that after you seal the inside of the box, which it looks like you have done, you paint a colored glue inside then fill the yellow spray can with suede flocking and spray it inside. Here is MY BOX I made using it. It is really simple to use and makes the inside of the boxes look much better.

I hope this helps you. Congratulations on your 8 years! It is a tough row to hoe!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 04:57 AM

Yeah I will have to clean it up and I may add a drop in tray too! Thanks for the Ideas guys. This is a great site and the people are even better! I am glad I could put my ego aside long enough to open the box and snap a pic to post. Part of my woodworking experience has been to humble myself and admit I don’t know everything! remaing teachable has definitely benefitted my character…

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 05:05 AM

Hey Hawg, that chisel plane you made is great! I’ll have to make one of them too! You can get thicker Hock blades from Lee Valley and Veritas. I will place my order tomorrow. They have pretty fast service. maybe by next week I will have mine completed. How does yours work? Lemme know.

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 05:23 AM


I see nothing wrong with your box. In fact it looks pretty good. I really like the brass accents that you put on the box they add a nice detail to it. I want to thank you for staining and finishing the poplar. Too many woodworkers give up on poplar and simply opt to paint it. To be honest, painting wood is not for me. Poplar can be a gorgeous wood if you can handle some green areas for a while. To tell you the truth, I would be proud to create a box like this.

If you try the spray flocking why don’t you do a post on it. I have been looking at it and just haven’t found an opportunity to use it yet. I would be interested in seeing how this box comes out with it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 05:31 AM

I may try the flock again, I will have to clean it up though. I must admit i am a little gun shy about the flock right now!!

-- --Chuck

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 05:33 AM

Chuck, I’m going on 11 years next month and I didn’t really take up woodworking till I was about 8 years in. Patience is a virtue in short supply in drunks. lol. I find that , just like your dad said, taking your time is the key. When I can resist the urge to hurry and take shortcuts, my projects tend to turn out a lot better.

I really like this box, and and all it represents.

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

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 06:03 AM

No doubt Charlie, thanks! Working with new guys is what really keeps me sober, that and a conscious contact with God!

-- --Chuck

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 12:28 PM

`Congratulations on your recovery, and hey…, that is a fine box.

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#11 posted 02-11-2008 02:37 PM

That is nice box.

-- Jiri

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#12 posted 02-12-2008 07:07 AM

I agree with no flock, keep the grain and build inserts with figured maple, maybe birdseye or quilted. It makes a good contrast and goes well with the brass details. Nice work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 06-14-2008 03:33 AM

What a great project. I need to do more practical projects for my shop. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 06-14-2008 07:07 AM

Thanks, I will be posting a fish cleaning station I am building soon.

-- --Chuck

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