Learning to make box joints turned into banks

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Project by Nick_R posted 08-17-2012 01:51 PM 1516 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started with my frustration with dovetails and dovetail jigs and the problematic process when using thinner stock. After my post on the LB forums, I took some advice and cut them by hand, not dovetails but square box cuts. After burning through some stock, I found a comfortable pattern and started getting better.. by the end of my journey I had to rectangular boxes with no use… Sooooo I cut a slit, ran them around the router a few times and ended up making un-openable banks for my older sons (21 and 19) who need to save some money some how.

I told them not to open them till they were full and then spend the money on something fun… I also put a secret note in the boxes so they have a nice surprise message from Dad in future..

Not a great project but it was fun and a learning experience.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 04:08 PM

Neat idea and neat box. Like that design.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 02:29 AM

Nice job. Good use for them.

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

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 09:57 AM

Nick, I like the playful practicality you have shown in the projects you have posted. Have you considered that cutting off the top and adding a hinge would make this a very useful design for a box? This is the technique. Click
And here too. Click

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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