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Project by lanwater posted 12-26-2013 06:47 AM 2493 views 10 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project to do.
Thanks to Martyn’s (britboxmaker) very detail blogs it was easy.
The pictures in his blogs are really good and helps greatly in understanding the build process.
Without the blogs I wouldn’t know where to start. Thanks Martyn!

I screwed up a couple of things by trying to change dimensions, especially the position of the top and bottom separation dado location.
I did not intend to have the top as deep as the bottom:). It would have been better if I had drawn some line before routing.

I also overdid it with the glue for the felt liner.

The original glue up was a little over 3/4. It was resawed with the intention of making 2 boxes. A weekend later
one of them was bowed. All attempts to flatten it failed. It was trashed.

Glue Up:

Cutting bottom dadoes:

After all the V-grove were cut on the router table and the glue dried (see referenced blog for details) ,the separation was done on the band saw, I located the cut line with the help of one of the disregarded 4 corners.
I chose the band saw over the table saw to minimize the loss of continuity due to the blade’s kerf.

Felt liner and lips being cut:

wood: walnut and maple

finish: wipe on satin poly gel from General Finishes

dimensions: 3 3/4×4 1/16×2 11/16

All comments are welcome. Anyone who has a technique to prevent the bowing after resaw, please share.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 07:27 AM

Hi Ian. Merry Xmas. Great job on the zee. Routing the v groove is quite challenging.
Maple and Walnut are like bread and butter: always taste great.
Btw, did you use the new sled?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 08:21 AM

Looks great, it must have been hard to make all those lines match up so well

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 10:31 AM

Very cool

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

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 01:58 PM

Very nice…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 02:02 PM

Good one. Very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-26-2013 02:30 PM

It turned out nicely and I bet that you learned a lot.

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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#7 posted 12-26-2013 02:50 PM

That is one nice looking box.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 03:42 PM

Very nice, quite a challenge .

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 04:12 PM

Niiice Zee and as for the blog, you’re welcome.

Thanks for the mention.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 04:59 PM

This is outstanding! I hope you don’t mind if I follow your led on this one. NickyP likes!

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 05:03 PM

Fernando: Thanks! I did use the new sled. This was the test project :)

deon : Thank you!

Monte Pittman : Thank you!

plantek : Thank you!

Roger : Thank you!

helluvawreck : Thank you, I did learn quite a bit on this one. Especially when it comes to proportion.

doubled : Thank you!

bugz : Thank you! Any pain you get in the build is instantly erased when you take the masking tape off and see the miter corner crisp and sharp.

Martyn : Thanks you! I will be posting a couple of more of these. I did a couple more as door prices for our woodworking class Christmas party. This is a great technique you shared with us.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 12-26-2013 05:06 PM

NickyP: You will enjoy the journey. I read the Martyn’s blog few times and took the plunge. Use a backer board when you route so the exit point stays crisp.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 12-26-2013 05:24 PM

Hello Lanwater

This is a very nice box

I like the design. How many time to make this box ?

Thanks a lot for the additional pictures

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 12-26-2013 05:48 PM

Diggerjack: I had several projects going at the same time over 2 weekends.
My guess is without the glue up time it is around 4 hours.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 12-26-2013 08:26 PM

Well done – I gotta give this is a try.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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