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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-18-2011 06:40 PM 2245 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In reviewing my recent work, I decided that there were several things I had yet to try – in particular a “normal” box with 45° mitres and with keys.
So I set about making that. I first prepared some jatoba slabs, and started cutting the 45° degree mitres with my magic jig. This jig seems to get a lot of use.
As I was sneaking up towards the end, I saw the 90° angle at 45° on the piece of wood, and it suddenly occurred to me that I could just put a “slab” there and the joint would be made. Obvious, of course, but I hadn’t really seen it before. There were now a lot of possibilities for the joining “slab” – it could be thin, inset into the sides, or fat, standing proud – it could be wide making the box more octagonal, or exactly the right width giving a perfect square. If it did jut out there were myriad shapes you could put on the legs. A day passed while I decided – and I came up with this.
For the legs I found a long thinnish offcut where the grain on the side was almost perfectly straight – just what the doctor ordered. I rectangled them up and made the smooth curve with them clamped together using a card scraper.
Gluing these slightly weird shapes is often a challenge for me, but for this I glued 4 sides to 4 legs first. Waited. And then I found that I could actually glue the 4 of those pieces together in one go – the joy of 90° angles being 90 and not 88, and 45° ers not being “46 and just enough to mess things up”, which is how they often are for me.
I may well try some of the other variations I thought of in the future – the octobox in particular I like the sound of!

I’ve made a bunch of boxes over the last year – the wife usually utters the chinese curse – “interesting”, or “that had potential”, or “kinda small to be useful” or some such. Her verdict on this – “I like it”. I rest my case!

Jatoba and ash with (hot) Linseed oil finish.
It’s about 15cm cubed including the legs.

Comments, thoughts, suggestions – positive or negative – all are, as usual, welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 08:03 PM

Clever piece. Interesting shadow cast upon the wall. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 12:23 AM

Nice. I like how the legs curve out from the rest of the box. very clever jig you made for these.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 09:14 PM

I like it! ;-)

Great work – nice joinery!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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