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Forum topic by JVallario posted 04-18-2010 07:11 PM 1151 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JVallario

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04-18-2010 07:11 PM

Before I do the old try and try again routine I thought I’d seek some advise. I want to try making maple boxes with the convex sides . What is the best method to get every side to match once the top and bottom of the sides are cut. Do I have to cut the sides from 1 continous length and sand down before cutting the 45 deg. corners? Do I make a concave sanding block? How thick should the sides be to begin with? Most of my stock is 5/8” thick and varied lengths, none long enough to make all sides out of one pc.

-- John


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#1 posted 04-19-2010 02:25 PM

I would start by using or matching the grain how you like, if you are mitering the sides that makes everything just about easier, The real question is, does the box have to have a matching concave forme on the inside, or is the convex curve on the outside, on the outside and the inside flat? If thats the case, then just make your material a bit thicker, Glue up the box. Then mark on the side, with help of a cardboard template, the curve, sharpen a plane, and plane away the waste. I would now worry about having all sides from one piece, especially if you do not have enough material… unless you want to go and buy more or longer pieces. Just put the best matching stuff in the front and the not so matching pieces in back.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 06:07 PM

My thought was to cut the top and bottom of the sides leaving enough material to clean up to 1/4” on the edges when finished. I hadn’t considered doing it after glue up. Is that the typical way it is done? Yes I would leave the inside flat though it would be nice to have it concave just to lower the weight but it would be more work then it would be worth. I have some 2” thick rought cut redwood that may be more suited but he walnut has great grain patterns I’d love to show off. I may give this a go in pine as a test run. Thanks for the reply.

-- John

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 02:00 PM

A few years ago, I built some boxes from crown molding. Some cutoffs from the BORGs may give you some ideas.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 04:29 PM

Crown Molding boxes – why don’t I think of these things? No idea what Borgs are – searched the net and found they were the arch enemy on Star Trek. Couldn’t find any episodes of them woodworking though. I think tree were extinct by then.

-- John

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 04:36 PM

Big Orange Retail Giant.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 08:51 PM

OR:

Blue/Orange Retail Giant

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 09:23 PM

Dawn comes to Marblehead

-- John

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