Carved Lock Miter Box CLMB

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Project by robscastle posted 07-22-2013 01:58 AM 1458 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been watching all the carved boxes getting posted and thought it was time I contributed as well.

This is my first carved box so its a entry level grade, nothing too fancy but just the same it me took quite a long time to complete.

The timber is a couple of pieces courtesy of Degoose’s excess stock.
Its all one lot of Hoop pine, no screws no nails just Titebond glue, the timber was originally received glued together so from the outset there was lots of work to do.
Then came the set up testing for the lock miter joints, then carving (that was the easy part!?

The pattern is supposed to be a palm frond!
Sanding, sanding, making the base legs and a touch of sanding, then some more sanding followed by yet more sanding I did so much sanding I should have opened a beach resort!

Next was trying to figure out how I could cut something that big open with an incline in the opening that I wanted.

With all that completed then came the attaching the hinges and the final preparation, I was on the home run I thought.

I was concerned the glue may seep into the hinges and lock everything together so I had to constantly check it was opening OK.

All was going OK when it started to rain and as I pushed my table saw inside the box fell off the table and smashed apart!


I was going to scrap everything but as my wife and a few friends had seen it and made impressive positive comments about it I decided to press on, you guessed it more sanding was in order.

It was definitely a never again project but I think I will try again just for the heck of it and especially after seeing Andy’s latest post, not that I will ever be as competent as that!

I have heaps of photos and was going to do a blog on the steps but I saw there were quite a few contributions already.

Finished off with cloth inserts and 2 x coats of Spray can Poly.

I think it will end up as a Christmas Present for one of the family friends wife, I know it wont get relegated to the “stock room”

P.S. The weather is still very dull and hence the silver sheet in an attempt to get a decent shot.


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 02:52 AM

That all turned out really well! The carving, the box ‘feet’, wooden hinges…...what’s not to like?

That took courage to cut the top off angled like you did! I’ve got to try that.

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

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 06:51 AM

Hey that looks pretty good to me. Way to preserver in the face of some adversity. How do you like that miter lock router bit? Been thinking of getting one but have put it off as I was unsure if I would like it.
Keep after it cause I think you have a very good start on some really cool box ideas.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 10:49 AM

Hi Rob, how is it going on the other side of the island….been keeping yourself busy by the looks of things. For an entry level carved box you have bone well mate, keep up the good work.

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

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 12:01 PM

Great looking box, Rob. I love the hinges. Don’t you just love that lick miter joint!!
Nice recovery. I think that is an essential part of woodworking- recovery after an accident. You showed that you are real good at it!! Nice going!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 09:39 PM

The design is great to look at. It is a fine piece of work. Love the wood.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 10:28 PM

Way to go, sticking with it like you did sets a good example for others not to get discouraged.
Thats a cool design on the lid and I need to try those hinges, they add a nice touch.
Very well done, keep it up.haha

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 03:21 AM

You’ve got it all goin on here, for sure. Wowza!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 08:48 PM

That came out really pretty. Beautiful design, great carving and love the hinges. Great job!

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#9 posted 07-23-2015 10:17 PM

A warm color nice jointing and shape,i like it.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#10 posted 04-27-2018 06:22 AM

Gone to Sol Cox’s place

-- Regards Rob

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