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Box Making #11: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box Making the base and finishing components

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-25-2018 01:17 AM 6520 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK I got a wriggle on and made the base, sanded and polished everything steel wool prepped the surfaces and appliled the first coat of finish.

The base:

I could not find any similar material so used another piece of some hardwood.

After thinking how I could make the base quickly and efficently I decided to do everything with the saw.

Step 1.
Cut the rebates.

Step 2.
Finish the rebates.

Step 3.
Split the frames

Step 4.
Cut the 30 deg angle to match the lid. (no suitable picture)
Step 5.
Cut everything to fit

Step 6.
The glue up

So as not to glue the base onto the table and possibly break the joints upon removal I used some spare cash I had lying around to prevent it

Step 7.
Cutting the feet in and making a ply base

Then it was onto the obligatory sanding and polishing, followed a steel wool rub and then the first coat of finish.

All that there is left to do now is the final assembly and finishing, the fitting of the hinges and catches, of which I shall not bore you with any more and hence that ends the blog, next time you see Boxguys Spline Box it will be posted as a project.

In closing I must thank all the LJs that took the time to watch and Big Al for his construction posts assisting me in my challenge.

Lesson learned: Do not build a box this way again!

-- Regards Rob



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Boxguy

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#1 posted 05-25-2018 04:20 AM

Rob, you have pulled off another fabulous creation. I am eager to see it as a final project. I have really enjoyed seeing how you work and solve problems. Great job as always. Keep up the good work. Splines don’t have to be this challenging. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 05-25-2018 09:25 AM

Being a conversationalist… or is it conservationalist… to save those seals and sea gulls from choking on our Aussie disposable green $100 polymer,

may I suggest some

won’t get the glue off, but will make Mr. Bunning richer… and it smells bloody good (if you manage to remember the next day)!

PS.

Is that Merbau on that metal frame? If it is… your decking skills need working on!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#3 posted 05-25-2018 10:37 AM

Boxguy:

Thanks for the kind words, the splines ended up being the easy part, all the overcomplicated components were what took so much time. Oh well we learn the hard way sometimes!

LittleBlackDuck:

As there is a move to do away with the $100 note I though I had better start using them up

I put one under the wheel of my ute but the only person it caught was Aurora !

Now the Oomph, if it doesnt get glue off what does it smell like? must be strong if it KOs you for 24 Hrs?

Merbau? no just some pallet bearers for my Roubo style bench!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 05-25-2018 11:23 AM


... my Roubo style bench!
- robscastle

BTDT!... stupid me, I missed the obvious R’ in the design… without repeating myself, myself… mea culpa...

We must be related… I actually use the same note to remind me of my tyre pressure… though Bob Jane says I may be overdoing it by some 65 PSI.

PS. I also tied to move the $100… didn’t work… found crap in the output…

PPS. After sniffing my OOMPH, I’ve yet to determine what it’s meant to do…. my eyes get blurry reading the label…

PPPS. With all these P’s I need a leak, however… yet again I digress… you still make a reasonable Fenech impersonation.

PPPS. Phew!... for you foreigners… Fenech is/was a bloody good Aussie boxer!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#5 posted 05-25-2018 11:29 AM

Fenech ? .. a Boxer AKA a box maker ? I am still thinking !

-- Regards Rob

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robscastle

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#6 posted 05-25-2018 11:32 AM

Wait a minute did you change that while I was replying?

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 05-25-2018 11:58 AM


Wait a minute did you change that while I was replying?
- robscastle

Sorry rc... But the missus makes me change my mind more than my knickers… I thought that Jeff was a better boxer than Richard Pratt.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 05-26-2018 01:16 AM

That’s a fine looking box, Rob! Even if you took the long way, the destination was worth the journey.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 05-26-2018 05:02 AM

COOL trick in making the Frame, like a picture frame!! Very slick / COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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robscastle

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#10 posted 05-26-2018 06:02 AM

Dave: Thank you, Yep this woodworking sure is challenging but all along I was enjoying myself albeit I was making a lot of unecessary steps for myself.
I actually set out to make a simple box with some splines would you believe!
It managed to keep me out of trouble for a while and something challenging to look forward to each day.

Plus lottsa fun! add the fact my wife dropped in to see how things were progressing …. what more could a person ask for.

Joe: Your 100% correct it does look like a picture frame.

-- Regards Rob

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robscastle

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#11 posted 05-26-2018 06:03 AM

Dave: Thank you, Yep this woodworking sure is challenging but all along I was enjoying myself albeit I was making a lot of unecessary steps for myself.
I actually set out to make a simple box with some splines would you believe!
It managed to keep me out of trouble for a while and something challenging to look forward to each day.

Plus lottsa fun! add the fact my wife dropped in to see how things were progressing …. what more could a person ask for.

Joe: Your 100% correct it does look like a picture frame.

-- Regards Rob

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