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Project by Mean_Dean posted 02-24-2013 02:20 AM 1364 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to make a production run of boxes. I didn’t like the idea of mitered corners, as they need to be reinforced, and I did like the look of lap-jointed corners (it’s like a big finger joint.)

I made a few mistakes along the way—but learned from them how to improve the next batch! I may have to get a rip blade for my tablesaw, because my combination blade leaves little grooves in the female part of the joint that need to be chiseled smooth, and this is where some imperfections creeped into the joints.

The boxes are Walnut and are 9 ¼” L x 5 ½” W x 4 ¾” H. The lids are rabbetted so that they sit on the boxes and don’t slip off.

I finished them with a technique I found in a wood finishing book. Basically it’s Danish oil rubbed into the wood with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper for the first coat. Then the last two coats go on as usual—brush on, wait 15 minutes, wipe off. This technique gives the boxes a silky-smooth finish and feel.

So there they are—be kind!

-- Dean





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 02:31 AM

great looking box. Nice design. I like the lap jointed corners and the way you centred the knot. It also looks like you carried the grain from one board to another. well thought out.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 03:05 AM

I like it. Alternating butt joints are vastly under rated. Looks like you have a void there that begs for an inlay.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 03:08 AM

Ok, I will complain. More pictures please. It’s beautiful and I would like to see more of it.

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

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 03:08 AM

The next chest I make is going to be walnut. I like larger chests than this though. I might try an intermediate one, but my idea for corners is to glue up some walnut into 4×4 post and turn it round and use that for my corners on everything. All rounded corners. You have to size the turning to just the right size to make it work for smooth rounded corners that go seamlessly into the sides.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 05:53 AM

Nice looking walnut box. I kind of like the void it give the box a little caricature.

And I agree with Peter about the how it looks like you carried the grain from one board to another. Nice touch!

Nice work!

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

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WoodenFrog

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 08:23 AM

Great Looking Box!! I like It!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Straightbowed

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 10:18 AM

that be a great lookin box the wood and joints are super good lookin looks beefy with a touch of sofistication

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 04:47 PM

I like the look of it, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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staryder

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 05:03 PM

On your comment about a saw blade. I would like to recommend a Ridge Carbide Blade. They are very hard to find but this is the best price on them I have seen. I use it on everything including a thin kerf on my Sliding Miter Saw. They have several flat teeth giving a square bottom cut. I have used nothing else since I first found them several years ago while reading a review on a Forrest Woodworker II which is what I was considering, great blade but will not leave a flat bottom cut.
http://www.in-lineindustries.com/saw_blade.html

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 03:46 PM

Looks very nice. Like the design, wood, joinery and the finish. Well done!

—www.sawblade.com

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 03:51 PM

Rick, those blades look to be made by Freud. They cost exactly the same as the Freud thin kerf carbide 40t. All that’s missing is the red paint.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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