Best Box Yet --Double Mitered ?

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Project by jaykaypur posted 07-12-2012 03:51 AM 1843 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sycamore box was the hardest box I have made because of all the miters on it. I’m not sure if there is a name for the way I fit the lid on the box but I envisioned it and made it. It measures 12’’ x 6’’ x 3 1/2’’ and is finished with danish oil. It took me one hour to get the top’s miter’s just right to where it fit “perfect.” One corner/end of the box was out of square by 1/16’’ so when I made my last miter cut on the top’s end I had to allow for the angle during the miter cut on the table saw. Smoked a half pack of cigarettes making those 4 cuts on the top! LOL The handle was a no brainer considering all the 45’s I had already done. It worked out and looks good as a lift.

This really turned out a lot better than I had expected and I’m really glad that my design did work out. Thanks to all of y’all for your encouragement and “pushing” to do something different, harder, and to take it up a notch. This may not be a big deal to y’all, but it was a big step in box making for me. Thanks for the looks and comments.

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

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 03:59 AM

That looks like how I make my 6 board box, only I glue it all together and then saw the top off as a lid. I like the way you did the lid. Nice looking. Never really occurred to me to leave the lid that way.

Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 04:46 AM


Looks like you have a great fit. How did you cut the angles on the lid and the top of the box? Your skill set is growing, and it will serve you well on the next box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 10:23 AM

jay, great idea and execution. glad you hung in there and finished it.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 11:01 AM

Now that is just dang nifty! Great job!


-- DaytonHM Dayton Va.

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 11:13 AM

Boxguy==== I used a tablesaw and just 45’d the undersides of the top. Because one end of the box was not perfectly square, I used an angle finder and then set the miter guage on the tablesaw to that degree and made the final cut on the top’s underside so that it would match up with the outta square end of the box. <———my high school math teacher would be proud. I HATED math! LOL

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

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 11:49 AM

Great work on this one. Awesome job getting these miters together!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 12:18 PM

Wow, that’s a gr8 fittin lid like that. Real nice

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

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 12:54 PM

I did a tray like that on a box I posted a few months ago. It was fun to do. Glad you tryed it on the top. Makes your piece quite unique.. Good job

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 01:29 PM

You are getting better with each and everyone. I especially like the handle. I’ve been trying to come up with a new handle and I now believe I have “handle block” LOl. Each time I try something new, I am not happy with it. You on the other hand, nailed it with this one.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#10 posted 07-12-2012 03:39 PM

Nice box dude!

-- Bill Native Texan

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#11 posted 07-12-2012 11:11 PM

Wow, Jay, I can’t believe how nice that lid fits!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 07-13-2012 01:45 AM

Great job getting all those miters right. It’s kind of like an EZ Mitre box without gluing the lid on. I love sycamore and you did some nice wood justice.

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

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#13 posted 07-13-2012 03:34 PM

Nice looking box design JAY
I like the handle ,just a little different .
Yes fitting the lid this way works well ,I have used it on some boxes .

-- Kiefer 松

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#14 posted 07-13-2012 11:01 PM

That looks awesome ! great job


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