|Project by Boxguy||posted 12-06-2013 08:53 PM||2144 views||22 times favorited||25 comments|
Thanks, to all who take time to look at projects. I always enjoy reading and replying to questions and comments from others living in Lumberland. I will respond to all who “have your say” in the next 24 hours. So check back for feedback. Please note that there is a list of tutorials on specific techniques at the end of this posting.
Pictured is a large, six-sided (14×7 x 5) tea box made of Black Cherry with Yellow Wood corner splines and using Venetian blind slats for dividers. All the techniques used to build this box are detailed in the notes and tutorials at the end of this posting.
Note: Using the elongated splines on the 45 degree angles means you can just cut those front grooves with a fence and a table saw and don’t need to make a special jig for the 45 degree angle. I did use this jig to cut the backside slots for 90 degree box corners.
Story: OK, full disclosure is needed here. The fan design on the front of this box was a mistake. When I wasn’t paying attention, my guide slipped on the spindle sander table, and I had a finger indent that wasn’t in the center as it should have been. Panic!
I already had quite a bit of time into making this box. The miters and splines in this design are time consuming. Can this box be saved? Solution...make five grooves instead of three. So the flub was turned into a fan-shaped finger lift (hence the title). To be honest, on a large box like this it looks pretty good.
Focus: Details about how to make finger lifts have been explained in this tutorial. After making several different kinds of lifts for boxes, I hit on the indented finger lift. Carved lifts are simple to make, don’t involve hardware, and can’t break off if the box is mistreated.
Basically, these lifts are made with a Jet benchtop sander that has a modified table mounted on top. All these lifts are sanded out with the same 1” sleeve and have the same left to right spacing. (Changing the spindles on the Jet is a real pain.) The different designs are crafted by varying the angle of the sander’s table. This year I have been putting tri-part lifts on all my boxes. I just like the look.
Try to carve a lift that goes with that particular box. A steeper angle will give a longer lift that may look better with a taller box. A more shallow angle will carve a shorter lift that will look wider. Of course you can carve a single groove for a simpler lift like the box below.
A spindle sander is a significant investment, and it takes time to modify the table. You can get the same results with a drum mounted in a drill press and a piece of wood stuck under the box to create the angle. But, I make a lot of boxes and that means the expense and modification are worth my time and money. Besides, I had this spindle sander that I swapped for just sitting around gathering dust.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box 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