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Project by The Box Whisperer posted 594 days ago 1304 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pic 1 – Finger jointed, red oak
Pic 2 – Splined miters, maple and walnut
Pic 3 – Splined miters, pine
Pic 4 – Pinned rabbited dovetail, pine
Pic 5 – Various joinery types (my first attempt at CPDT), walnut and pine

I wanted to get into some smaller projects, so I made a bunch of boxes for Christmas. All of the smaller ones are made from reclaimed (IE found in the trash) flooring. I like free wood but find myself limited by the size of the flooring. Im wary to get into laminating because I do not have a thickness planer…I see all of the stuff posted on here, the boxes in particular, and I feel like Ive got a long way to go but I will love every bit of it. I feel the love for the boxes. Like they speak to me….or maybe whisper :)

Please…...ANY feedback is appreciated!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil





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JSB

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#1 posted 594 days ago

Anything reclaimed is good in my book. Great job on trash materials. I just made a cutting board out of a sofa going to the trash. Those boxes look great! I like the fact you diversified the box types. Good job!

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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JSB

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#2 posted 594 days ago

Oh, and nice first project on here! Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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#3 posted 594 days ago

Nice work Joe.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 594 days ago

Nice work—looking good.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 594 days ago

Solid construction. Good work.

-- 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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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 594 days ago

welcome to LJ’s … well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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patron

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#7 posted 594 days ago

two birds
as they say

christmas
and
learning

great combo

-- 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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The Box Whisperer

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#8 posted 593 days ago

Thanks a lot guys, I appreciate the feedback. So far Ive found that splined miters are by far the fastest and easiest. Any other suggestions? Also this week I “reclaimed” a big pile of oak flooring, so once Ive got something built from those Ill post them. Thanks again.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 593 days ago

Boy these recipe boxes bring back memories! Good job! I have one very similar to this that my mother made back in ~1940 or so. Thanks for sharing!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 593 days ago

Joe, you certainly have been busy in the shop. Nice job. You must have a large family judging by all the names on boxes. I agree splined miters are the way to go. I like more rounded corners. You can get a better match on your corner grains if you cut the lengths for your sides and then undercut those with 45s. You might pick up some boxing tips by browsing here. Click Welcome to Lumberland. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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The Box Whisperer

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#11 posted 593 days ago

wow thank you all for the kind words and also for the advice.

Boxguy I’ll try throwing a roundover bit on my next set, and of course Ill post them here. Is undercutting the 45’s really worth the extra work? I really dont like taking my TS out of 90, and I dont have a 45 chamfer bit, so Ive been using my incra miter guage…Ill be having a look at your blogs now, Im sure you’ve just made a new fan.

Kunk Ive read a few articles about box joints being stronger, and Im all for it. That being said, none of these boxes are big enough to require a whole lot of strength. At this point im more focused on looks/time/difficulty.

Ive got all this oak I found, and a little bit of walnut left from our floors, I may go for some more corner post DTs. At this point Ive done box/fingers, half blind, through and CP DTs, rabbited DTs, and the splined miters. Are there any obvious joinery types Im missing here boys? I really like the idea of trying a bunch and settling into a couple as my “regulars”

Thanks again, I will try to be worthy of your kinds words.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Boxguy

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#12 posted 593 days ago

Joe, look at this click and judge for yourself if it is worth it to undercut the lengths so you match the grain. I’ll have to do a blog on it, but I use a 45 degree jig that fits on my table saw, clamps the sides in place and gives me a 45 without the tedium of cranking the blade over. I can cut the 8 angles for a box in less than 5 minutes including set up.

To my eye, matching the grain is the difference between a box and a beautiful box. A larger rounded edge adds to this effect as you can see in the example above, and here. click Keep boxing and keep posting.

PS I don’t think they are worth the extra work, but you might try mitered corner splines.

-- Big Al in IN

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The Box Whisperer

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#13 posted 592 days ago

as in the spline itself is at a 45? maybe 2 done opposite to face towards/away from each other? Oh, as for your jig, YES PLEASE. Ive just been setting my incra to 45 and running the table saw, limiting my box height to 3.5 inches.

Wow man, your boxes are just amazing, I clicked those links, but should have gotten a drool rag.

Now without a bandsaw Im guessing Ill only match 3 of the 4 corners? I cant find a ZCI for my tablesaw and find it hard to resaw with it, but wihtout a bandsaw Im not sure how to make a ZCI….

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Boxguy

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#14 posted 592 days ago

Joe, It is true you can only match three of the four corners without re-sawing the wood. Re-sawing may not turn out well without a planer or drum sander.

Peachtree handles an extensive line of inserts for about 30 saw lines. Click. will take you to their insert selections.

You could make your own zero clearance inserts with a table saw, belt sander and patience. Use your current insert as a pattern. If your saw has a steel top, make your inserts a little thick, and sand them flush with a random orbital sander while they are inserted.

-- Big Al in IN

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