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Project by Elwood89 posted 1002 days ago 1610 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The sincerest form of flattery goes out to jcsterling for his post of what to do with small scraps.

These little boxes are pretty cool…and popular. If I could only figure out how to make them faster. As a novice woodworker, I’m happy that I was able to make a very small tapered leg jig.

The Lacewood/Purpleheart box might be my favorite so far. And, it is a magic box. Take a close look, it is made from only two kinds of wood. In a couple of weeks, the handle and legs should be as purple as the top! I made it for a craft sale tomorrow; I hope it doesn’t sell, I want to see the transformation.

All of the boxes are finished with teak oil.

I did not make this jig adjustable. It was so quick and small I just tacked it all together with brads; both pieces are secured in place to the sled. Using caution and a push stick and going slow, I didn’t have any problems with the legs moving out of the jig.

These little boxes are joined entirely with CA glue. Again, I’m a novice (and impatient) woodworker. I figured that they are so small they will never be under any heavy load, so glued butt joints would be fine. I’ve love to know how the smart, experienced woodworkers would do it.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany,

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#1 posted 1002 days ago

Really neat little boxes. Thanks for the picture of your small taper jig.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 1002 days ago

Nice little boxes. I love the lace wood one.
Thanks for posting the pic of the jig, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 1002 days ago

Those are adorable. I really need to get ahold of something other than pine and maple.

Ok, on the jig: I’m guessing it hinges on what appears to be a nail right at the joint there. But how is it secured at an angle? Also, given the direction you’re cutting and applying force against the piece, do you have an issue with the saw pushing the workpiece out of the jig?

One more question :)

How are the bottoms attached? (I’ve become obsessed with box bottoms lately, mostly because I have no idea how to do them right.)

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#4 posted 1002 days ago

Cool design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1002 days ago

Very beautiful. I love everything about them, wood grain, design, originality.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 1001 days ago

I like these….

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 1001 days ago

Cool boxes. Keep up the good work!

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 1001 days ago

Lots of nice details in these boxes. Nice job. I have a hard time believing that is all Purpleheart with the Lacewood. It looks way too yellowish. I have had Purpleheart turn brown, but not that shade of color. Please repost in a month or so if it doesn’t sell and the color changes.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#9 posted 1001 days ago

cute boxes. thanks for the mention in the description.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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