Ceder box with oak splines, first attempt.

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Project by rogue3675 posted 03-01-2012 04:00 PM 1302 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first “proper” box I have attempted to make. Mr. Doug Stowe has a really great video series on FWW which I followed. I built a smaller crosscut sled and a spline jig. I resawed all of the wood from a 2in thick piece of clear ceder that I had. Once your jigs are setup these are super easy and quick to make. I bookmatched the boards so the grain matches all the way around the box…hard to see in the pics. Still have some more sanding to do. I’m going to make a few of these before I stain them.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a rip blade or combo blade? When I cut the splines I had to file out the cuts to make them flat.

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 04:32 PM

Looks great! I had to do the filing like you on some box joints I did until recently when I purchased the Freud Box blade set. It works amazing for nice square edges and a flat top. It cuts only 1/4 and 3/8 slots. You can buy a saw blade that has a flat top as well if you want the kerf to be smaller.

-- Glenn, Nova Scotia

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 04:42 PM

Very nice box, I have had success with two blades when making keyed miters, Freud and believe it or not, Craftsman. Finding out with the Craftsman was only because I grabbed the wrong blade, by the time I noticed I just finished putting it in, then did not feel like changing it. I have actually started using Only Freud router bits as well, they have some triple cut action that reduces tearout and I very rarely have any burn marks, if I do I usually know how it happened, and is pretty much my fault every time.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 12:13 PM

Very nice work! Looks like a New Yankee Deluxe Router Station, too. Hopefully that will make it to the top of my to-make list some time soon.

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 02:26 PM

Nice job!! I made my first boxes for Christmas with finger joints. I will try this stile of joinery for the next boxes I build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 07:03 PM

Nice work. I actually did notice the wood matched (in the zoomed pictures) before I read your description – very nice.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 03:32 PM

Lovely little boxes. Hard to go wrong following the guidance of Doug Stowe. Hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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