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#1 posted 08-20-2012 12:37 PM

Hi Pons,
I have made many boxes in the last number of years, if you are using pine or one of the soft woods, I would go with 1/2 inch thickness. I find hard wood much more forgiving and try to resaw to 3/8 inch on the bandsaw, then with sanding take it down to 1/4 inch. Hard wood is easier to work with and much stronger than soft wood. Consequently you have a much better feeling box, and it takes a better finish. I have never painted a box, and use a high gloss finish and in my opinion they turn out very nice. Soft wood takes more coats of finish because absorption and the coats look more clunky when finished. Hope this helps. I have also found you get more movement with the lid in a square box, so I would think about a box more like 12×12x 8 or 6. Would look better also.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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