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Old Box Project- Soft Maple & Purpleheart

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Project by rtbrmb posted 11-08-2013 09:36 PM 2367 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first box projects that I completed, it was a Christmas gift for my daughter in 2009.

I used left-over soft maple from my workbench & purpleheart. In the tray I installed a musical movement of “Daddy’s Little Girl”. I made the middle splines a bit longer so they protrude through the side of the box to support the tray. I also used a detachable base that can be used as a hidden compartment (picture #4).

I had a local woodworking supplier CNC router the initial on the birdseye maple lid & I filled w/darkened epoxy & a matching 1/16” band around the edge of the top.

Its always funny looking back at projects completed years ago and wondering why I did things a certain way.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI





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jmartel

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 09:39 PM

That’s a good idea with the splines supporting the tray. I’ll have to remember that one.

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 10:47 PM

I’ve heard of using splines as a tray support, very nice.

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 10:57 PM

Great job, neat idea for inlay and tray support.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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LLGOMJB

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 11:18 PM

Now thats some ingenuity right there!

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mike1950

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 11:28 PM

NICE box.

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DKV

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 12:07 AM

Nice box. I also like and will remember the spline/box shelf idea.

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BobWemm

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 01:21 AM

I love it. Great colour combination and finish.
Well done. Thanks for showing.

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tomd

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#8 posted 11-09-2013 03:18 AM

Quite a beautiful box, great workmanship and attention to detail. The spline support idea is very clever. Nice finishing of interior. An all around fine box.

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aussiedave

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#9 posted 11-10-2013 04:36 AM

A very nice box and the wood used is beautiful…very cool idea using the corner spline as support for the inside tray….excellent job.

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sgtq

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#10 posted 11-10-2013 04:53 AM

Beautiful box! Can you describe the epoxy process in a little more detail? I would love to try it!

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Rick

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#11 posted 11-10-2013 06:24 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

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rtbrmb

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#12 posted 11-10-2013 03:26 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I was hesitant to post another box project but my 11-year old daughter convinced me to add this to the website.

sgtq- the epoxy process is basically filling the routed void w/60 minute epoxy colored with paint from an art store, found with their paint supplies. It comes in tubes, like toothpaste, and has hundreds of color options. After the void is filled I swipe over it with my heat gun to release any bubbles that could show up in the finish.
If it’s really heavy in some spots I use a sharp chisel to remove some of the excess nd then sand with a RO sander.

I have started to tape off lids before they are routed, to help with the epoxy clean up. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.

Thanks again.

Bill in MI

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 11-11-2013 01:34 PM

That is a beautiful, elegant box. I love the spline support of the tray. This will be a favorite for me!
................Jim

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

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