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back to the box #4: Box 3 - Recipe Box

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Blog entry by scottb posted 04-11-2007 01:57 AM 1051 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The third box in my series (the middle one), while still a beginner project presented me with a few new challenges.

As I mentioned in the previous post in the series, I resawed some leftover decking for this project. The sides are quartersawn 3/8ths mahogany, glued together with simple butt joints. When the time came to select a piece for the top, I realized I needed a bigger board.

After weighing a few options, I decided to glue up a couple more 3/8th pieces – that I had to re-joint on the tablesaw as the pieces had a slight taper to them. I neglected to rip a clean edge on the glue up side. Tthe top looked good, but the underside had a groove I would need to fill or cover. I figured that I’d use that as the base, and hide it with a layer of cork.

I cut out the top and bottom, but somehow I was distracted and I cut the top square. Too Small. Now would I try to glue up a third piece to that, or start over? A slight bow to both pieces told me to start over, so I did.

Unfortunatly the second piece also had a slight bow to it, but I figured glue-up would take care of that issue, and it did!

Took the box to the disk sander to clean up the edges and put a little glue in key places to catch some sawdust and fill up any small gaps in the joinery. I left a couple of the natural (or man-made) holes for interest.

The next step was to cut the lid off the glued up cube, which went off without a hitch. I managed to keep the tablesaw blade just low enough to leave a paperthin piece on two sides, then I cut through the other sides with the blade raised. A flush cutting saw made quick work of removing the lid, as I suspect my curiously missing utility knife also would have.

Some light sanding and I was ready to attach the lid. The somewhat curved lid.

It seems that the lid pulled back to its original shape. (I guess I need to beef up my plane collection and/or get myself a planer, so I can start with dead flat stock, and not use the “cross my fingers” method (that would have worked had I cut lower for a deeper lid). There is one place I should have deviated from the project. One of two aspects of the plan I changed (apart from increasing the size for larger recipe cards) was to omit the hardboard liners on the inside of the box – their purpose was to help align the lid (in the absence of hinges, which I did use).

I did the best I could sanding the lid, and high corners on the box to help get the lid to sit flush. I almost stopped twice, but kept hearing the voice in my head “Is this the best I can do, or should I try just a little bit more.” I’m glad I heeded the voices in my head. Now I can show my project proudly. Can’t sell it, and I’m not going to give it away. This one is mine…

Hey! another project for my Artisan Kitchen!

despite it’s troubles, I LOVE the top!

Currently unfinished. I have my waterslide paper to make a label first, then I’ll finish all the boxes in the series thus far.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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scottb

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#1 posted 04-11-2007 01:59 AM

oops, I didn’t mean to hit “post” just yet – hang on… pictures coming!

More pix over at the project post

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 04-11-2007 03:58 AM

Great blog Scott. Thanks for the step-by-step.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 04-11-2007 12:14 PM

you sound like a cook: this is exactly the recipe… I just changed this, added that….

The top IS beautiful.
clarifying: the top was part of the box until you sliced it off?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 01:53 AM

Yes Debbie, I glued up the 4 sides, then glued and clamped on the top and bottom at the same time. Making a large unopenable box. Then you cut off what is to be the lid – which is the top and some of the sides. This allows for a perfect match to the box. I’ve seen tool cabinets made the same way, and then cut down the center to make two doors (just a big box on it’s side)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 07:53 AM

Looks like you are going to have a jump on Christmas presents this year! Your boxes look great.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-19-2007 04:39 AM

Thanks Os, I hope some of these are gift worthy… part of the reason I’m doing the labels is to help my family (grandkids, or further on down the line) bring the collection back together.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 05:45 AM

The scottb collection”, has a nice ring to it!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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