Three boxes

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-06-2013 02:34 PM 1251 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had milled cedar planks left from the drawers of my nightstand project, so I decided on some boxes for my girls.

They are 10” x 10” dovetailed cedar in the body and oak for the top, bottom and shadow boxes.

The floors are lined with adhesive backed green felt. Wow, that stuff is hard to install once the box is made. I ruined one piece when I tried to peel it back to straighten it. Lucky that I had extra or I’d be going back to the store.

The top includes a 1” deep shadow box with sliding door of plexiglass glued to one of the mitered frame pieces. Mostly these are a result of wanting a way to latch the lid shut but not wanting to buy expensive hardware. They provide a place for the threaded insert receiving a thumb screw through the front. A thumb screw and threaded insert were much less expensive than box locks. Maybe they’ll make good storage for flat treasures like pictures.

Barrel hinges were new to me, but I liked the price so decided to give them a try. I’m very happy with the result and will use them again.

Lid support is of “clock” chain rated for 10 lbs. and was inexpensive by the 10M length at the local blue box store. I have plenty left over for future projects.

I made the feet from maple balls recovered from my daughter’s school science project, a Newton Cradle to demonstrate gravity was cool but no longer needed. These were quite a challenge to cut in half. I accomplished it by sending wood screws through a board with just less than half the ball’s diameter showing. Then I mounted the balls and used the table saw and rip fence to slice them in half. The saw blade motion tries to unscrew them. One went flying! Much better after I put the rip fence to the left of the blade.

Lastly, I scribed relief squares in the tops using a dado blade and rip fence because it looked so plain as the one solid piece of wood that I recovered from a computer keyboard tray no longer needed on that desk.

I hope you all enjoy the pictures half as much as I enjoy seeing your work. I’m new to Lumberjocks so, please offer comments that help become a better member.

-- Mr. Laughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 02:43 PM

Very nice boxes. Now I see what you were describing with the latch.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 02:44 PM

Very nicely done. Great description.

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

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 03:02 PM

Great little boxes. I’m sure the girls will love them.
I’m pretty dense. I still don’t understand the latch mechanism.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 03:57 PM

Great looking boxes!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 04:00 PM


Thanks for the kind comment. The latch: the shadow box hangs under the top by 1 inch; a threaded insert is installed therein, directly behind the hole in the front of the box; the pretty finger bolt goes through the front and into the frame of the shadow box. There is about a 1/16th of an inch gap between the backside of the box front and the shadow box to allow clearance during opening the top, so don’t tighten it too tight.

-- Mr. Laughingbrook

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 04:04 PM

great looking boxes.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 05:00 PM

Great looking boxes. I like your details, especially the sliding miter frame for the plexiglass. Also, very nice photography.

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

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 05:04 PM

Your boxes came out really nice. The box joints fit really well.
I find it much easier to put the adhesive bottom on before gluing the box together. Much less frustrating and the finished edges go in to the dadoes for a cleaner look. I use blue painters tape and paper to cover it until the box is complete.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 07:31 PM

Very nice looking boxes! Good box joints, fit and finish is really good! Nice detail!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 08:48 PM

These are way kool. I really like the frame inside the lid, and the way it opens up… Very kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 05:17 AM

Great looking boxes, I’m sure the girls will love them. Very nice work.

-- Tom D

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