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Project by KnickKnack posted 10-05-2011 05:31 PM 2091 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to call this project “Tea Caddy”, but the more I’ve looked at it, the more it looks like 2 different boxes, depending on the viewing angle.
This was entirely not what the plan I drew looked like, but somehow it ended up like this!

I cut the uneven box joints with my uneven box joint jig, and the 45° angles on the top with my 45° Router Jig, all on my “hole in a piece of plywood” router table.
I’m really kicking myself for not making these things and jigs a lot earlier in my career – I’ve been collecting free MDF offcuts from the local DIY minimarket for several years – why didn’t I use it back then?

Anyways – I really quite enjoyed this – the box joints are clean and firm, but not too tight – a gentle tap with the mallet once the glue was on, and bingo – no clamps required. Squaring the insert bit on the top was the main challenge since it slips into the box itself by about 4mm, and the top is flush with the sides. You can see the dowels – it took 4 attempts to get it right – position the box itself on the top upside down on the bench – try to lift off the lid without the top bits moving – drill 2 dowel holes, dowel and see if it fit. Nope. Go back to step 1 and try again. Repeat until flush. The dowels are, of course, only for positioning at glue-up – face to face they weren’t structurally needed.

My main disappointment is that the ash end grain dulled down when the finish was applied – I’d hoped for more of a “light in dark” for the jatoba faces. “Hope” is the right word – I’ve done this before and I know that that’s what happens, yet somehow I think on each new project that something else will happen!

As is customary, this was handle 3 – the first 2 were cool, but not right for this chap.

About 12cm (5”) cube.
Ash and Jatoba.
Lots of tung oil finish.

Please – throw them positive, or negative, comments in my direction.

-- "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 10-05-2011 05:50 PM

Love your stuff. I need to go to school on your jigs.

I hate sounding like an art critic but it’s “simple and bold” in a way that appeals to my sense of order. There’s a lot going on there but it doesn’t clutter up the design.

v. nice.

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 05:54 AM

That is a neat looking box. I like theuneven box joints. very unique

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 04:04 PM

GREAT BOX!!! I love it..

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