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Project by littlecope posted 610 days ago 1439 views 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by our beloved Martyn, I used the same antique miter saw to make this five-sider, as with the last mitered box…The antique miter saw...

Martyn had said that tape and rubber bands would probably be enough for the glue-up, and it probably would have been, but I tied some loose loops of rope around it and tightened them up like a tourniquet just to make sure…The Clamp-up...

Because I wanted to hinge this box, I made a quick cradle to hold it so the back was level… for the gluing and the hole drilling…A Quick Cradle...

When I sawed the top off, I again had a problem with a poor separation cut… I had the really great idea of flattening the cuts on the jointer!! Dumb idea, and I knew better too!!
I ended up with a nice chip-out that can be seen on the left-hand side of the “Open” picture…
Live and Re-learn…
Anyway, it’s a little one, the sides are 3” long and about the same height, and it’s made with Maple sides and Oak top, bottom, and hinges…
It was a fun build…
Your thoughts are always appreciated. :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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BertFlores58

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#1 posted 610 days ago

Hi Mike,
What a sucessful effort you made in this! Pentagon is really hard to clamp … Very good.
Now… what is next? Heptabox…. octabox… nonabox… dodecabox… never ending.. Keep it going my friend.
God bless,

-- Bert

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studie

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#2 posted 610 days ago

Hey is that a Disston & sons saw and have you sharpened it? My rip & crosscut set (tho pampered) still work fine after 10 yrs ago they were re sharpend. The brick wall behind your bench looks so cool! My shop has big glass windows so my mind wanders. So great to see the miter saw in use again, I love to see the old standards come back in action. Another fine box Mike! Wood hinge is cool too.

-- $tudie

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patron

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#3 posted 610 days ago

well michael
it may have taken the saw
100 years to get to you
but it seems you been ready for it
you just taking to it

like a cook
to wood

love the whole deal
and the crown hinge is a real winner

huh …. bert
what prey tell is a nonabox

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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littlecope

2889 posts in 2106 days


#4 posted 610 days ago

Thanks Bert. I’ve got one more idea I want to try with this Saw, and then I’ll be going back to using finger joints.
While glued corners have been used successfully thousands of times,
I just don’t have a lot of faith in them.
One of the pieces of the top came loose on this one,
as I was tapping in the hinge pins,
and I had to re-glue it…

Thank You too Scott!
I didn’t know about the saw and had to go check…
It is a Richardson Brothers, Newark, NJ.
I did a quick search and found out the particular medallion they used on this one
is one they started using in 1878.
It’s an old-timer!!

Thanks David!
I think a nonabox would be nine-sided.
Either that, or it’s a box for Grandmothers… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 610 days ago

Nice job Mike. I vote for the nonabox next ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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patron

12976 posts in 1945 days


#6 posted 610 days ago

that makes sense i guess
since i’ve never heard of it till now
you right

i made a couple of notabox’s once
didn’t start that way
but they sure ended that way

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 609 days ago

Nice box work Mike, I guess you and David will be handing a lot of them out this X-mas :).

Also I noticed you have a nice classic bench clamp. Well off to the finish room for me!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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littlecope

2889 posts in 2106 days


#8 posted 609 days ago

Thanks Bob! There are pre-set stops on the old miter saw for 4, 5, 6, 8,10,12, and 24 sides, no 9…
I’d have to use the wing nut to set it each time to 20°,
and hope that it didn’t keep falling into the 8 or the 10!!

David: The infamous Notabox…
Very easy to make, but also very frustrating…
No fun at all…

Bob Kollman: Thanks my Friend, but what are you doing on Lumberjocks?! Don’t you have Work to do??? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 609 days ago

I will be in bed by 4 or 5 am and up at 10…...only 3 more days of this.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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David Craig

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#10 posted 609 days ago

Beautiful box Mike. I have been looking for a saw like that for some time (off and on…probably more off than on…). Glad to see it in such capable hands. Great to see you working away in your new workshop. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 609 days ago

Really like the box. Did you make the hinge?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 609 days ago

Mike that is neat box

Your hinges are great

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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ellen35

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#13 posted 609 days ago

Great box, Mike. You’ve managed to add that patented “Mike hinge” too!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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degoose

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#14 posted 609 days ago

Such a nice box…and your hinges are legendary

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 609 days ago

great little box Mike :-)
like your mittersaw enjoy it :-)

Dennis

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