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Project by EMVarona posted 08-08-2011 02:20 PM 7979 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been practicing with box joints and spline joints. Things are getting better. The time I spent in making the necessary jigs is paying off. These are all from scrap wood. The first box measures 9×7 x 3.5 in. The second one is 8×6 x 2.5 in.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 02:48 PM

Ed A nice job on the boxes..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 03:39 PM

Ed, the practice is paying off. Those are some real nice boxes with attractive joints!!..........Jim

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

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 07:25 PM

I’m liking the color combination of the first one Ed….. Looks good bud…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 07:31 PM

I really like that first one too. Ya done real good here.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 07:40 PM

looks great,i like the “handle” on the 1st one

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 11:43 PM

Sharp looking box, I like the contrast in wood color with the box joints, nice clean job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 11:54 PM

Great looking boxs, well done!
Keep up the good work.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 07:33 AM

Hi Ed, those boxes are great with very nice joineries. I like the finger joints and seem perfect from all angles. Naunahan mo na ako sa mga box projects lalo na sa finger joinery.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 08:24 AM

Nice scrap wood. And beautiful boxes. Congratulations. Thank for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 08:59 AM

Very neat joints, I like them

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 12:38 PM

Thanks, Guys! istmic, I looked over your projects and your boxes are strikingly similar to mine. I guess we operate along the same wave length. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 01:41 PM

Ed, Ang galing naman.. Box joint is the start of dovetailing… I knew this will be your next adventure. The way I look at those, I feel that you have also a nice jig too (thinking it is also made by you). Keep it going.
I’m waiting for your next projects.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 02:09 PM

Thanks Ed, I have been using the same basic box style since I started making boxes about 4 years ago, I have added some variation for variety and style, by keeping with this style it has enabled me to refine and perfect some of the processes, I am hoping to get into some of the veneered boxes soon. Thanks for noticing my work

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 08-10-2011 12:14 AM

Thanks, Armand, The biggest issue in making finger joints is in the fitting. In fact I made two jigs before I finally made one that gives a satisfactory fitting.

Bert, thanks too,
I have not commented on your blogs and projects simply because my raves would not fit into the page. In a nutshell, I’d say, awesome work. You are really way ahead. It would take some time for me to get there if and when I start. Yes I aim towards dovetailing. I’ve tried a few by hand only to end in dismal failure. But that does not stop me. I’ve ordered a lowcost dovetail jig from the internet. My son (in the US) will send it over before Christmas in a balikbayan box together with the other presents. Let’s see what happens. Regards.
Incidentally, my son (here) thinks he knows you. He is also an architect, a UST graduate now working with Locsin.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 11-30-2011 08:29 PM

I am trying to get more info on using splines in building my boxes but have a couple questions. First, are splines strictly decorative or do the lend some sort of increased structural strength? Secondly, do people make the “keys” themselves or are those something that someone can purchased like biscuits or inlay? I have found videos on making spline jigs but nothing related to keys.

-- Cassady in Denver, CO

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