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Project by gizmodyne posted 02-12-2008 04:25 AM 4117 views 9 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick box (4 or 5 hours) inspired by an old Fine Woodworking article.
Article here

More about the construction can be found here on the blog .

Made from two pieces of walnut with a mahogany bottom. The sides and lids are 1/4” thick, the bottom is 1/8”
Mitered corners.
Danish oil finish.

Take a tour around the box
Start

Turn the corner and watch the grain (my favorite corner),

Turn the corner again / watch the grain.

Open the lid.

The lid fits flush with the top so the only way to get it off is to press down on one side which lifts the other side.. I sanded away part of the lid’s bottom to create a lever. You can also turn it over, but that’s no fun.


You can see it on the left side.

Thanks for checking it out. Feel free to critique, suggestions, whatever..

My criticism:
I am not sold on the mohogany bottom. In person it looks less red than the flash photo, but I was running out of wood and have a bunch of 1/8” mahogony scraps.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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Zuki

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 04:32 AM

That second corner looks like a set of mean looking teeth from some sort of alien movie.

Question . . how in the heck did you “stick” those 1/4” mitered corners together? Were they glued?

Im just started getting interested in boxes and am curious about joinery.

Nice box Giz

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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GaryK

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 04:32 AM

I like your favorite corner also. Has that feather grain.

Good job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 04:34 AM

Great job Gizmo. Nice around the corner job on the grain.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 04:35 AM

Zuki: It is just glue holding it together.. Check out the blog and you can see how I taped the box together. It is really basic. The main trick is devising a safe way to cut tiny pieces on miter. I tilted the table saw blade to 45 and then used a backer board on my miter gauge along with a stop block for repeat cuts. You can add mitered keys for more strength, but I did not want to disrupt the grain pattern.

Gary: Thank you.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Dorje

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#5 posted 02-12-2008 04:56 AM

Looks great! It’s really visually appealing – I like how slender the the sides are, and with the rabbeted top edge it looks really delicate. Beautiful wood!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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gizmodyne

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 05:01 AM

Thanks Grumpy and Dorje. I agree Dorje that I like the thin pieces. It is really light too and I am somewhat clumsy so I really did expect to break it during construction.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 05:09 AM

Nice grain matching, excellent job Gizmo!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Vjer

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 05:14 AM

Very nice job with the grain. I like walnut and will have to use more of it.

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

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Jeff

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#9 posted 02-12-2008 06:08 AM

Nice job John. Are these types of boxes fun? I like the lever action for the lid. I may have to snatch that up. Was it part of the original design from the FWW article?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Bradford

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#10 posted 02-12-2008 06:11 AM

This is a great example of good bookmatching and joinery. Very nice work.

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

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gizmodyne

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 06:13 AM

To all: Thanks for all of the comments.

Jeff: The article details a bunch of lid styles including this one.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 02-12-2008 06:13 AM

Very sweet box in all respects!

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

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Jeff

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#13 posted 02-12-2008 06:16 AM

Cool. Which is was in?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 02-12-2008 06:19 AM

I have the link posted above.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Hawgnutz

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#15 posted 02-12-2008 06:52 AM

Great job, Gizmo! I think I will stick to 5/8 or 3/4 thick sides on mine till I get a lot better at them.

I really like the book matching on sides and top.

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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