|Project by Boxguy||posted 07-05-2013 08:08 AM||3177 views||31 times favorited||37 comments|
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Pictured: A 12×5×5 inch tea box for 40 bags, or a card box for 8 decks, or a plain box with this unit removed. This box can be all the above. With the exception of the hinge, all the materials in this box were recycled materials from local sources. I also sell my boxes at the local gallery…hence the title and pun…Boxguy peddles his recycle in town.
A foil wrapped teabag and a standard deck of cards have the same height and width dimensions. So, designed this box to do either task. It should sell to two different markets…tea drinkers or card players. Or perhaps tea drinking card players if you want to use both functions. The Venetian blind dividers lift out as a unit (pictured below) for cleaning.
Woods: The top is crotch African Mahogany salvaged from a cast off larger slab that was badly cracked and checked in the drying process. The sides are Black Cherry salvaged from a veneer backer board from a local veneer mill. The corner splines are Ebony salvaged from an old dresser.
Focus: Salvaged materials make great boxes. If you can find a board that is 5 or 6 inches wide and 36 to 42 inches long by 5/8” thick you have the sides for a box. The top needs to be about 6” by 12” and can be as thin as 1/4” for an inset top. Saw mill shorts, pallets, factory scraps, and old buildings all are good sources of materials. Admittedly, the scraps used to make this box are exceptional, but they are still just scraps.
Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like that pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Making splines with a simple jig:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
$5 band clamps:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
-- Big Al in IN