simple box, but my first splines

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 06-28-2012 01:55 AM 1589 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

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 02:05 AM

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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#2 posted 06-28-2012 02:15 AM

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

-- Semper fi, Brad

#3 posted 06-28-2012 03:03 AM

Lov it Monte

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 03:32 AM

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 06-28-2012 04:54 AM

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

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

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 05:57 AM


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 06-28-2012 10:40 AM

Really nice Monte. Those splines will stiffen it up nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 07:11 PM

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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