My first Box and Business card holder

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Project by exterminate posted 11-12-2012 04:21 PM 2008 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.
This is my first box and business card holder. Decided to give it a try after seeing all the beauties here. I love the look of the mitered spline joint, so decided to go that route. It turned out ok, but not perfect. I had made a second pass on the kirfs for the splines to deepen them. Ended up with un equal thickness kirfs in several places. My miters are slightly off also and I think I need to fine tune my table saw. The box is 8Lx4.5Wx3.5H and is made of soft maple with purple heart splines and a chechen handle.

The business card holder is based off of one made by rance here:
and Lance here:

I had some trouble with this one also. First, the verticle part of the holder was cut so short that I didn’t feel safe cutting the miter. Ended up sandwiching the piece between some scrap and clamping it tight before running it throuh the table saw. Then, trying to clamp up the holder to the base, it kept wanting to slide out of poisition due the the angle of the bevel and pressure of the clamps. I finally got it, but had to put a clamp on the far left and right as well as in the middle to help keep it from wandering. After about an hour, the miter joint failed and had to start again. I ended up buying one of those gyro jaw things, and even that was difficult, but i finally got it to work. The card holder is maple and purple heart again.

Both were finished with bullseye shellac. This was my first time using shellac. Ended up with brush strokes because I didn’t thin the cut and tried to use the brush to smooth the coat after applied. Lesson learned. I will probably sand the box and do it again. The card holder is good enough, as its just for me and my office.

Thanks for looking,

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 05:11 PM

Nice job on both of them : )

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