First box

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Project by SteveTaylor posted 05-14-2012 02:34 PM 1647 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first small box. Red oak with curly maple top. Funny how cutting the top free left things askew, needing to be fittet by hand. I guess the bandsaw would have been a better choice. Oops, I forgot, don’t have one… (grin). Danish oil and wax finish


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#1 posted 05-14-2012 03:43 PM

Nice lookin box. Love the curly maple top. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 04:40 PM

That’s a nice looking box. congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 05:49 PM

Nice work!
Thanks for posting

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 06:15 PM

Really like how the curly maple pops. I think you did a great job on the box.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 10:34 PM

That’s a great looking box, the miters look good (the hard part).

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 11:55 PM

You have picked up the secret of a good box. Beautiful wood on the top and a nice design and build. A band saw is the easier way. But needs must! I think that means we do what we have to or can.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 02:17 AM

Great looking box nice work the maple top looks really good

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 03:56 AM


I am surprised your joints moved when you cut the lid free. I cut lids off all the time on the table saw and don’t have that problem. I cut the long sides through and the short sides to within 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch of cutting through them. I finish separating the top and bottom cut with a box cutter. By not cutting through the ends completely, I don’t get my saw blade in a bind and run the risk of injury to the box or to me. By the way, I always mark the back side on top and bottom with chalk before I separate the top from the bottom. That way you are sure to get the grain matched back up.

Save a scrap from your original board to set the saw blade height for the separation cut since it is tough to tell from the box itself the exact thickness. I sometimes have to true up the sides after I install the hinge. It also helps to hand sand a slight bevel on each side of the top/bottom joint. That way if anything moves just a little it won’t show.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 04:08 PM

Guess I didn’t explain it well. The joints didn’t move when I cut it free. The top and the bottom weren’t flush and had to be planed (a lot) to get them to fit. I have a really crappy plastic table saw, and “assumed” that when the micky-mouse miter gauge was set at 90 degrees than that was all it needed. However, one I realized my mistake (i.e. design chnage), the I came across the concept of a crosscut sled thats actually at 90 degrees to the saw blade. (I’m really new at this…)

When I cut the top free, the cut lines didn’t match up all the way around the box. When the final cut line on the side met the first cut line on the back, it was off by about 1/8”. So the mating joint between top and bottom looked askew.

I’ve learned that by using inaccurate equipment, I’ve had to figure out/research workarounds to make up for the problems. A shim here, a tweak there…etc. I thnk in the long run I’ll be a better woodworker that if I just had the NASA-approved, laser guided, micrometer set equipment donated by Norm Abrams (lol)

That being said, since the motor on my Tradesman tablesaw died a smokey/spark filled death a week ago, I’m looking to get a decent table saw. I think I have my wife halfway there (gotta ask permission for new toys). I thinking of the Grizzly G0715P. Looks like a decent saw that won’t break the bank or have me end up sleeping on the couch.

Thanks for all the advice!

-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 01:53 AM

Looks good, I love the curly maple, I feel you without the bandsaw, I too am bandsaw challenged, maybe one day when the wife is’nt paying attention, LOL

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

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 06:06 PM

Looks great.

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