|Project by Boxguy||posted 04-16-2014 08:02 AM||1698 views||11 times favorited||25 comments|
Thanks for looking at this project. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. I will reply to all of you Lumberlanders out there who take time to “have your say” in the next 24 hours, so check back for feedback. There is a tutorial index at the end of this posting that will show you how to build the jigs and learn the techniques for building boxes like this organizer.
Pictured: A Black Walnut and Black Cherry bedside organizer (11 1/4” L, 8 1/2” D, 5” H) with Wenge corner splines.
The back half has a hinged lid. The front has a 3” square “tube” that serves as a spacer. The slight lip on the back side above the hinge serves as a stop for the lid. The “tube” is held in place with two screws that go between the bottom board in the tube and the bottom board of the larger box.
Story: Of course this will not apply to you younger people in Lumberland, but many of us older men find that we need to make some evening trips to the bathroom. And then there are those Tums or other meds you may want to find at 4:00 in the morning. I just got tired of knocking everything over and onto the floor in the middle of the night. (My lovely wife got tired of it as well.) So, I thought I would build a box to solve the problem. Since I build and sell boxes, I figured that if it was something I needed…other people would need it too and would buy a box made like this. I’ll let you know how sales of this design go. I have tried some other configurations.
Focus: As some of you know I am a big believer in boxes being useful and having a purpose. Potential customers look at boxes that are pretty, but seem to buy boxes that do something. Boxes that hold teabags, jewelry, cards, pills, saw blades, tools, cell phones, keys, suggestions, wedding rings…you get the idea. If I can use it to organize my life, I can sell it to others. If you find something in your life that needs organizing, build a box to solve the problem.
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.
Making Kleenex boxes:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
-- Big Al in IN