The 87 Minute Box and Some useless facts....

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While waiting for the glue to dry on my next sculpted cypress box I decided to see how much time it would take me to make a simple and basic box out of the scraps I have been accumulating in the scrap bin that never seem to get used. I promised myself that absolutely no sculpting or carving would be involved.

After picking out a couple of oak scraps I started my stopwatch.
1…ripped the oak to 3 1/2” wide.
2… butt joints cut to length
3… bottom and top cut to size
4… ran pieces through router table for bottom inset
sanded in a finger channel on front

5… re-cut channel on front because the bad piece on front was supposed to be on the inside.
6… glued box together

7… routed channel around outside of box on other three sides to insert bubbabinga strip so my first screw up could be made to look like it was supposed to be that way.
8… drilled hole for pin hinge
9… cut and glued in the bubbabinga strips.
10… sanded and sprayed lacquer

I did not count the drying time fo the glue or the drying time for the lacquer
Total of 87 minutes working time from start to finish..
10” x 6” x 3 1/2”

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#1 posted 567 days ago

Well done – and quick too! I like the simplicity of this box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 567 days ago

A quick and simple one, BUT….your skill and craftsmanship is still obvious in the quick build. Good post, Greg!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#3 posted 567 days ago

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 567 days ago

Good job. Skill still allows for more speed. I would be missing fingers if i tried that. :-)

-- 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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#5 posted 567 days ago

Wow, much faster than me

-- Joel

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#6 posted 567 days ago

Nice box and quick too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 567 days ago

Nice example, and nice design on the box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 567 days ago

But then there is sculpting? And when you sculpt I’m guessing it ison an assembled piece? You is da Masta!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 567 days ago

Thank you everyone….the square cuts are so fast and easy compared to the mitered corners..stop blocks and good tools will definitely speed up the process.

cajunpen...good to hear from you… The simplicity of a project is ocassionally OK…but I much prefer the challenge of a project that can hopefully stimulate my creativity…How are things in new orleans?

Grandaddy1.../thanks…! it was a quick and simple project but I give more credit to good tools instead of craftsmanship.

Monte...None of us should ever rush anything to the point where we become careless…especially when our fingers are involved…I always do my best to be intensely focused on safety.

jap...having the Incra fences on my table saw and router table plus the Kreg track on my miter table aways saves time

stefang...Thank You…

rance...I am embarassed to say I did not put much thought into the design…it is pretty basic and simple…and I did mess up by sanding the finger lift on the wrong side of the board…should have glued the box together first then sanded the finger lift spot…We learn from every mistake… Trying to time myself and do it quickly caused me to break my first and most rule of focusing on each and every detail…

Doc...I always assemble a box before I do any sculpting…easiest way for me.

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#10 posted 567 days ago

SuperSonic box maker… Nicely done.

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

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#11 posted 567 days ago

That looks like thing that I make but take me days to do! Nice job!!

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#12 posted 567 days ago

I love your simple box Greg!
I need to convert millimeters to try and make one. I love boxes!

-- António Guerreiro

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#13 posted 567 days ago

looks beautiful! Nice design ,should make more 87 min boxes Greg.

-- -Thomas -

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#14 posted 567 days ago

“Quick” but definitely NOT “dirty.” Nice job and your skill show through.

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

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#15 posted 567 days ago

Hey Roger...Those new necklaces are really looking very nice…still enjoying and using that pen… can build one in a short period…just visulaize it and go for it…

Toninho...millimeters would just confuse me completely…

Thomas... I do not particularly like making quick projects…it was just a challenge after a glue-up of another box for me to see how much time it would take. I enjoy the challenge of a more involved design.

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