Flame Box

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Project by KirkSawdustmaker posted 09-04-2013 09:30 PM 2749 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this my Flame Box for obvious reasons. It is made of Yellowheart, Padauk, and Walnut. I was trying for all the elements of a fire; flame, embers, and charcoal. It is a companion piece to the Cantilever Box I did about a year ago. It stands about 8” tall, and is about 5.5” across. It is finished in Tung Oil.

I have included a couple shots of a trick I do to keep drawers from sliding open when you move the box. One the bottom of each drawer is a 5/16” rare earth magnet. On the bottom of each box is a hole with a set screw in it. The set screw and magnet provide just enough pull to keep the drawer in place when it is closed, but not so much as to make it difficult to open. By adjusting the set screw, the amount of “friction” can be increased or decreased as desired.

Putting in the set screw and magnet also provides a better way to round off the front. With the drawer properly in line with the box (before it is given it’s curved front), I drill a 1/8” hole through the box and into the drawer. The depth of the hole in the drawer is about the thickness of the magnet. I’ve already marked the curve on the box. In this case it was a 7” radius arc. I leave the drill bit in the hole, which keeps the box and the drawer in line while I cut off the waste, and then sand the front to the curve I want. Rather than use my band saw, I just cut it close with my chop saw, and then used the belt sander to smooth it down. Leaving the drill bit in place keeps the drawer and box aligned while I cut and sand. When the front is done, I remove the drill bit, drill out the box for the set screw, and use a Forsner bit to drill the hole for the magnet. The original method of taping the drawer to the box just allowed too much play when holding up the drawer and the box against the belt sander. I could not get the drawer and the box to stay lined up.

If I was rounding off the back side of the box as well, I’d leave the drill bit in place while I did the back side.

The other key on this one is to cut the slots in the yellowheart sides while the sides are still square. Once it’s cut to shape, it’s almost impossible to get nice square slots that are angles right.


-- Have saw, Will travel

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 09:32 PM

Ok I will be the first to bite…

This flame box is hot !

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 09:39 PM

Kirk that is a beautiful looking box. Is it your design? Would be nice to see plans on that one

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 09:53 PM

I based it on a design in Wood Magazine, the Cantilever Box. It was in the mag about a year and a half ago. If I ever draw up plans for this one, I’ll post them. It’s really not that hard. A box with a slide thru drawer. A base the same width as the box. Pick 2 decorative pieces you want to be the side supports, and slot them the height of the box. I mark the box height on the piece, then use the table saw to cut slots at the mark. Then use a router to clean out between the slots. Same for cutting the base piece. Once the sides are slotted, I draw the design on the side I want to use, generally a curve of some kind. Tape the two sides together, and cut them on the band saw. Sand to shape, and route to round off the edges. Glue together. Assorted cursing is optional, but satisfactory along the way.


-- Have saw, Will travel

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 10:01 PM

Thanks for the info Kirk…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 10:11 PM

Very nicely done—love that design, and you chose your woods well.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 12:40 AM

thanks. I love working in the odd colored woods. An odd colored piece can really set off a piece sometimes. Yellowheart is fun as it gets almost glasslike when it’s sanded.


-- Have saw, Will travel

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 08:31 AM

Great work love the wood and nice idea n the magnets!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 02:35 PM

Cool….and hot of course.
Great looking design and well done.

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

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 06:35 PM


-- jerry

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 08:50 PM

Very unique. You did a great job!

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#11 posted 09-05-2013 09:34 PM

Great build of a most interesting design.Looks really 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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#12 posted 11-11-2013 03:47 PM

I really like this box. I do remember seeing the cantilever one in the mag. I liked yours much better so I stole it and made what I call an imagination box. When folks ask what that means I say( I can’t imagine what you will put in it). Thanks for posting it.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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