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My first box 2x4 box.

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Project by Sanman posted 12-23-2011 05:21 AM 2731 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here it is. This was a scrap piece of 2×4 lumber found in the back of the shed, left over from something…... After ripping it to 1/4 inch in several directions on my table saw, I ended up with three pieces to glue together for the top and three for the bottom, as well as four pieces for the sides.

First mistake (of many) was trying to glue too many joints at one time. Since the pieces were moving all over the place, I added the three straps perpendicular to the other three pieces to hold them still. The problem with adding the straps too soon was I couldn’t line them up with the top and bottom, so they were off center when the box was assembled. I tried to add small strap connectors to tie the whole thing together but this led to further errors. First the straps just don’t fit, too many gaps in the work.

Second mistake, on the rear (which should have been the front, another mistake) I had to cut a 45 on the straps to allow the lid to open. Since this was well into the project and I had already stained and polly’d the piece, I figured, lessons learned, place it on the shelf and store stuff in it. :) Please don’t laugh and type at the same time, it leads to lots of spelling errors.

-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.





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linjay

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 07:20 AM

Well it’s not like you had a lot of $$ invested. Several inexpensive lessons I’m assuming. You did learn something right?? Never hurts to think things thru ahead of time.

-- It's easy when you know how. Ontario, Canada

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 08:26 AM

A good start.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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wolflrv

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 12:37 PM

At least it functions and actually looks solid, if not quite aligned perfectly. I still have the first drawer I tried to make, it looks way worse than this…keep reading and learning and practicing. When you get it right, you’ll know it and it will all be worth it! Good job for a first attempt!!

-- Handcrafted toys, models & gifts at -- http://www.wolfwoodworks.com

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RussInMichigan

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 02:12 PM

Good job. That size box has a great many storage uses. Find a good use for it and it will serve you well for years to come.

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maddawg308

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 02:29 PM

I like it, reminds me of artillery shell crates that I use for living history displays.

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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gridlockd

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 04:16 PM

No laughing coming from here, this is an excellent use of leftover lumber. nice job, lessons learned via errors are the ones that stick in my mind the most.

-- Gridlockd

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marter1229

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 06:05 PM

I think it is a great looking and functional box.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 04:38 AM

Keep that box in the shop where you can see it. You will remember this project for all that it taught you (and it looks useful to store something in.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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NormG

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#9 posted 12-24-2011 07:31 AM

You have to start someplace and knowledge is a wonder4ful thing

-- Norman

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jumbojack

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 05:13 AM

looks big enough to store a bunch of wisdom and experience.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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