EZ miter box

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Project by jdh122 posted 07-21-2013 12:34 PM 1635 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 11-year old nephew asked me to make him a box for his birthday, to keep his treasures in. It absolutely had to have a lock (he has a a sister and two brothers, all younger). I decided to try the EZ miter method, and it worked quite well. The chest-style hinges sure were easy to install, but I kind of think butt hinges would have looked nicer. The wood is birch. Finish is boiled linseed oil.
And his birthday was only four months ago. That’s early by my standards…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 01:02 PM

My kinda guy. Calendars and clocks are for the OCD world.
Great looking box. He should be proud of the gift.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 01:40 PM

I like it!!!!

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 02:54 PM

Very nice little box…looks great, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 03:31 PM

Nicely done, Jeremy.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 11:37 PM

Thanks for the comments. And especially to BritBoxmaker for his great tutorials. I was going to do the router method, but I had milled the wood too thick for the only v-bit that I have. So I used the oritinal tablesaw method, which worked fine.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 12:47 AM

That EZ Mitre is a cool technique. And yours turned out well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 04:23 AM

looks great, where did you get those hinges?

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 09:41 AM

The hinges are from Lee Valley:,41241,41245&ap=1

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 02:43 PM

Do those hinges hold up? I bought “cheap” hinges before and they weren’t flat and they bent easily. Thanks for the link

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#10 posted 07-24-2013 03:40 PM

Nice and neat box! I’m sure the kid likes it and happy to finally safe keep his treasures. Well done!

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 09:49 PM

I’ll have to wait and see how the hinges stand up. But I expect them to stand up well. Generally you should steer clear of cheap hinges for butt or piano hinges, I think, because they’re made of extruded brass which is incredibly flimsy. But these one have a profile that makes them sit proud of the box, and the profile in the brass seems to make them quite rigid.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 02:21 PM

What is the EZ miter method? This type of joint has driven me crazy for years.

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#13 posted 07-26-2013 02:39 PM

EZ miter is a method developed by Lumberjock member Britboxmaker. It involves gluing up a piece of wood large enough to get 5 of the 6 sides of the box, and then cutting the miters 99% of the way through either on a tablesaw or router table (with a pointed v-tip bit). You then fold the piece along the joints and glue it up.
Tablesaw method:
router method:

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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