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My First Box... A learning experience

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Project by AngieO posted 07-18-2012 03:51 AM 2254 views 2 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok… So I was pretty happy with how my first project, my picture frames, came out. This box was my second project to tackle. I’m… ok/happy with how it turned out. I, of course love it and plan on keeping it for myself. But there were some things that I learned with it.
1) My router table fence needs some adjustments. It’s a Craftsman router/table combo and the fence is plastic. The piece on the left (see pic (below), it’s black) sticks out just a hair. So when I push my piece through it wants to snag on it just a hair. It made my box off just a hair.
2) The cracks that were made by the router table being off were not significant enough to try and fill. I should have left them alone.
3) Just because the filler says that it is stainable and paintable doesn’t mean it will stain the same color as the rest of the project
4) Make little helpers (measuring sticks or guides) for future if I want to make anymore the same size (my kids want to all make one. I will do cutting and they can assemble.)

Pic#1 – Finished
Pic#2 – Before the glue up, inside view
Pic#3 – Glued, before stain

I had SOOOO much fun making it though. Not quite as much as my next project though! I will have to share it with you as well.
Thanks for looking! :)

Oh yeah…. Here’s the router table. I don’t know the name of the part on the fence… but it’s the black piece that slides from right to left that adjusts the opening for the router bit. The one on the left protrudes.





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 04:08 AM

Your box came out nice Angie.
Don’t worry about that router table.
That probably an adjustment to joint boards with.
It should adjust flush with the right side.

Keep up the good work.
Your projects are very nice.
And, welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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SuburbanDon

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 04:10 AM

Looks pretty good. I’ve done a lot of things but have not tackled a box yet.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 04:11 AM

Nice Box Angie. It is an addictive hobby. I think Steve from mere mortals has the same router table, or use to he just built a new one. The craftsman fences are not the best. Check and make sure your sliding fence on the left side is as tight as it can be, if your work piece is still catching the edge you can take a file and chamfer the edge of the fence, that will stop your work piece from hanging up.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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AngieO

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 04:37 AM

It’s definitely an addictive hobby. I went ahead and posted a picture of my workbench too. I don’t know what I’m going to make next. But I need to try out the new workbench. So I HAVE to make something :)

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ELCfinefurniture

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 06:58 AM

Nice job!
Try a mitered one next!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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ELCfinefurniture

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 07:00 AM

I also agree that the half of the fence protruding is a setting for flushing. You should absolutely be able to adjust it.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 09:09 AM

Angie, welcome to Lumber Land. Looks like you are off to a great start. One of the joys of woodworking is that there is always something new to learn, and something else to build. Your bench turned out well too. A vise might be a welcome addition. Nice to see someone else from Southern IN on the site. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 09:33 AM

Your enthusiasm is addictive. You are doing very well. The box works looks good.if you are involving your children, then you are doing you and them both a huge favor. Keep it up.

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

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 11:57 AM

Awesomeness!!! is that a word? LOL Angie great looking box, and it being your frist box is always something to cherish, you have now been hit by the fun bug, it’s fun isn’t it? I call it my play time. LOL

Just in case it doesn’t make the top 3 projects in which I think it should, I’ll reward it top 3 right now.

Top 3 Award

Sounds like your plastic fence might be warped out a bit? Bob is correct if you can try and file it down or you could get a piece of press board (MDF) and repace the plastic.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Alexandre

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

Thats Really good!
I have a Jessem Mast-r-lift excel II although im 14 :P
I will have to agree with Bob, Get some mdf and and replace the plastic.
Its a pretty good project… I’m jealous.

-- My terrible signature...

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 12:36 PM

Good progress, Angie. Also good to see you’re enjoying woodwork.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Ethan Harris

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 12:54 PM

Its all about learning! Great job!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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AngieO

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 01:02 PM

I was wondering if I could replace the plastic. It’s quite annoying. And thinking about how and where to add a vise.

And YES… Lol…awesomeness is a word in my book. And it’s definitely tons of fun. I’ll be making more boxes for sure. I can’t wait to make…. Whatever is next… ANYTHING, :)

What is the Top 3?

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 01:26 PM

Angie click on the very top link were it says lumberjocks where the three little guys working are, you will see the top 3 looks like your box is #14 atm.

The more views, and comments the faster it moves up.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Gumnut

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 01:28 PM

Well done! keep going and enjoy the rewards of creating somthing from YOU!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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