Second Box

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Project by RJH311 posted 06-08-2012 12:44 AM 1914 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here’s my second box. Tried some new techniques, I joined the three sections of the top together then figured the sides down. Created a rabbeted top recess for the top to sit in. That was actually much harder than anticipated, i’ll definitely do it with a router or router table next time. I used butt joints instead of the miter joints on my last box, these were much easier and turned out with better square but have a definite different feel. Also added the legs on the bottom. This was my first experience with those. I bought a chisel to chisel out the leg corners for the box to sit it. I couldn’t really think of another way to do it. It took a long time (basically an entire afternoon of chiseling) but i got them cut out pretty good. I now know the value of a sharp chisel. I need to get a sharpening stone now. I added the pull at the end, nothing too fancy. Finished with danish oil. I liked the way the oil turned out on this box better than the last box I made. i’m sure i’ll develop a preference for different finish/wood pairings. All in all, i’m pretty proud of this piece. I think it’s a big step up from my last box and it turned out relatively well. There’s a few spots where it might not be as straight or as flush fitting as i’d like, but maybe I notice it more since i’m the one that made it. I’m thinking about building some more and opening up an etsy store to sell them, it might be hard to part with them though… hmmm what to do…

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 01:02 AM

The top and the lift are my favorite parts of this one. Not sure what “figured the sides down” means? Is that cajun speak?

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

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 01:10 AM

haha, sorry. I guess I meant that I angled the sides of the top down

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 02:34 AM

I love the box and how you designed it. Came out great.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 03:09 AM

Nice box. I particularly like the design of the legs and the handle.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 03:37 AM

wow, this looks just like a box I built for my mother about 12 years ago. Here is a picture of the one I built from in a woodmagazine.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 03:40 AM

Did you bevel the top on the tablesaw? If so, at what angle? I really like the look you achieved here.

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

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#7 posted 06-08-2012 11:32 AM

You did a beautiful job on this. The thickness/thin-ness of the top, the handle and how it sets, and the feet. A really fine looking box. Good job all the way around!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 06-08-2012 11:43 AM

This box looks really nice. I like the style and the wood is beautiful.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-08-2012 03:25 PM


There are several interesting aspects to this box. Specifically I like the legs and the top handle. Looks like you have a good eye for style.

As to making your legs more efficiently… cut a square piece of wood about 1/8 over size of your desired leg size. Make two cuts at 90 degrees to each other in the squared wood the thickness of your leg size. These cuts will not go all the way through the squared board, but will meet up and stop about a 1/4 inch short of going through. What was a square will now be an L shape and will be the outside part of your leg.

Now re-glue the section you cut away from the inside of the L down a bit and inside your L shape. The result will be the same shape you carved with the chisel, but with a lot less work.

I would make all four legs at once from a long squared board so you are not working near the blade with small pieces. Cut the leg parts to length after you have made the square board into an L. Happy landings.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 06-08-2012 06:14 PM

Really nice work! Love the lid. I also like to know whether you beveled that with your tablesaw or by another method.

And great tip. Thanks Boxguy!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 06-09-2012 06:00 PM

Actually, i took the pain in the ass route and beveled the top with a hand saw and a sander. Did the initial rough angles with a handsaw and refined it with a sander and hand sanding.

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#12 posted 06-09-2012 06:42 PM

this is one elegant box!

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#13 posted 06-10-2012 12:42 AM

Whoa! You are a glutton for punishment.

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

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