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Thanks, to all who take time to look at projects. I always enjoy reading and replying to questions and comments from you out there in Lumberland. There is a list of tutorials on specific techniques at the end of this posting. I will respond to all who “have your say” in the next 24 hours. So check back for feedback.
Pictured is a jewelry keeper (11 x 7 x 5 1/2). This box features a sliding tray, a stop chain, and faux feet. The top is Koa veneer on poplar. The sides of the box and the tray are both Bird’s Eye Maple (hence the title) with Jarrah corner splines.
Focus…Routers in box making: This box features faux or false feet. I first saw this style of foot on one of Andy’s boxes a few months ago. It has the look of a foot, but it is really formed by using a large roundover bit to cut away the wood between the bottom corners of a box. It gives a box a lighter look and lets it float a bit in appearance.
It is not efficient to spend time setting up tools. So I have six mounted routers with various sizes and shapes of bits. For rounding edges I use three basic sizes. 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 inch round-over bits mounted on boards. This set up is as basic as it gets. Two routers mounted under a board. The board has a 2×4 screwed onto it. The 2×4 is clamped in place by the jaws of a 100-year-old vise. (When I need the vise, the routers come out and are tipped to the back of the bench.)
For the larger round overs used to make these legs, I used this bit and router which is mounted in my saw table extension.
These three sizes (1/4, 1/2, 3/4) are all of the diameters of bits that I use to make a wide variety of boxes and trays. It is such a joy to simply walk up to the router and make a shape without any fuss or set-up. Routers are one of the few tools in the shop where it pays to have a large number of moderately priced tools rather than just buying one nice tool.
This box was crafted using a 1/2 inch roundover bit for the corners, the top of the tray, and the inside rim of the top and bottom. 1/4 inch roundover bit for the bottom of the tray and the inside of the tray’s top edge. The 3/4 inch bit was used for the faux-leg cut away. Sometimes I use the 3/4 inch bit for the box top and the corners on a box like the one below. With just three sizes of roundover bits there are many possible shapes and looks for boxes.
Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like that pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
-- Big Al in IN