simple box, but my first splines

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 793 days ago 991 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Six board mitered box. Made of beetle pine. I had to reinforce the corners so I broke down and made a spline jig. These boxes are probably going to suffer some abuse (selling as hunting box). So I want it sturdy. Eventually I want to use all wooden hinges. But I need a quiet day in the shop to mass produce them. Just used a block stop for lid. My splines are mahogany. Mainly because I wanted them to be seen for this posting. I’ll probably use the Hophornbeam for splines in the future. The lift for the tray is Ash.

Thanks for looking

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#1 posted 793 days ago

That is a fine lookin’ box. It’s sturdy, rustic lookin’, and will sell in a flash!

You did a great job on the splines and I like the way you did the tray handle.

Good job!!

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

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87 posts in 793 days

#2 posted 793 days ago

I love it. Then again, I love splined boxes. I have a couple I need to build soon.

-- Semper fi, Brad

#3 posted 793 days ago

Lov it Monte

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 793 days ago

Those splines turned out just right. Add a pic of your spline jig as people always like those ( and then I can critique it!). I like the lift out tray and its handle is a cool design. If you plan it right, you can cut your top spline to protrude into the box and support your tray. Hunting box? Shells in the tray and dead varmits in the box?

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

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#5 posted 792 days ago

Another great project of yours. I really like the tray insert and it’s handle…....................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 792 days ago


Tray handle is a good idea. Glad to see you made it to the spline club. With a dado blade you can make them wider on larger boxes. Have you considered mortising the hinges?

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 792 days ago

Really nice Monte. Those splines will stiffen it up nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 792 days ago

I bet you will sell many of those. I like the rustic look, perfect for a hunting box.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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