Banging out Boxes!

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I’m having a good time, trying all sorts of boxes lately. I’ve completed a few more and thought I’d post. I don’t really crank them out that fast. I can make most of a box in a day, complete the fabrication the next day, and then three days or so to finish. I have tried hinged lids, lift off lids, sliding tops, piano hinges, small hinges, big boxes, small boxes, solid tops, floating tops, leather liners, etc. I reckon I’ve made just about every mistake you can make, so I thought I’d list a few:

I forgot not to glue in a solid wood bottom board (more than once).

I also forgot to rout bottom and inside lid edges before gluing (again more than once).

I have forgotten to carve out fingertabs before applying hinges ( more than once).

I forgot to oil board before gluing it up.

Embarrassingly I cut miter on the wrong side of the dado.

I miscut when removing box top, which makes for a lot of work to correct.

I wobbled on a spline cut resulting in hole too big.

Didn’t get splines in deep enough resulting in a gap.

Used too much glue.
Used too little glue.

#@$%&!! Hinges!!!!

I applied poly too thick… hate those drips!

And more… Thankfully I worked the mistakes out, and I’m actually pretty happy with these boxes so far. I have three or four more in the finishing stage that actually have gone pretty smoothly.

Do you guys ever make these silly mistakes?

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 08-08-2013 11:34 PM

Ahhh—-a kindred spirit.
Most of my mistakes are caused by hesitation, forgetfullness and incompetence.
Your end results are motivation for me though.
Ron in Hobart

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 12:15 AM

Well, obviously you know how to recover quite well from mistakes. I doubt there is anyone here that won’t admit to making mistakes. Even stupid ones. I’ve sure got my share
Good Job! Really nice boxes

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

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 12:32 AM

Yep – those all sound familiar. I’ll second the motion on ”#@$%&!! Hinges!!!!” as well. The boxes look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 01:05 AM

The only people who do not make mistakes are liars…

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 01:33 AM

If I’m not making mistakes I’m not doing much of anything to begin with.

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 03:53 AM

Jerry, these look great…and familiar. I made all of these mistakes and more on my first set of boxes. I do strive to make different mistakes when I can. You are really doing nice work, and I love the arrangement and photography in this posting. Nice to see what you have done and are doing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 04:57 AM

one mistake that wasnt listed here that i have made… I cut the splines on the top and bottom instead of the side corners… that one got scrapped with a small sledge hammer.

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 08:40 AM

All look great, not made all of those mistakes only because I have not made all those boxes. Cant wait to make some boxes that is

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

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 01:16 PM

mistakes are good, boxes look great thanks for sharing

-- Work in the city woodshop in tha country

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 02:35 PM

Ron… Thank you. Good to know I’m not alone! :-)

Gary: Thanks, I appreciate it.

Steve: Haha. Maybe we could start a support group!

Greg, that might be true, but your boxes look pretty darn fantastic!

debi… That’s the way I look at it too.

Al, thank you. Praise from you is good motivation!

Cowan: Now that’s funny! I would be totally #@$!!ed too if I did that!

Dave: Looking forward to seeing yours.

bowedstraight: Thanks!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#11 posted 08-09-2013 03:11 PM

The boxes look nice and you are gaining a lot of experience.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 05:14 PM

Beautiful boxes and funny post. Keep it up.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#13 posted 08-09-2013 05:56 PM

Lovely boxes. If we don’t make mistakes, then we don’t get to learn very much.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#14 posted 08-09-2013 09:03 PM

This is far outside my scope of talent! Well, I am no good. But you nailed it! I like the wood, finish and the design of those boxes! Cool!

-- "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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#15 posted 08-09-2013 11:25 PM

Wonderful looking boxes. Well worth the effort. Mistakes? Oh yes, On my boxes it require to round over one side and kreg jig the other. I did well till I notices on one I put the round over on the same side as the kreg holes. I mounted it in my shop to remind me to never do that again. I did, on the very next box!

If you never make mistakes, you will never learn to correct them.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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