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12-30-2016 09:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: box maple cherry plywood felt

All the boxers out there -

What do you use for the bottoms of your nice boxes? Solid wood that has been milled down to a reasonable size? Plywood that gets covered? Other suggestions?

I’m making a box out of curly maple and cherry and have enough wood to make the bottom out of the curly (if I mill it down), but I could use ply and cover it in felt inside and out and not see the piece of curly maple turned mostly into sawdust since I don’t have a way to mill down a board of its width.

I have seen that some of you make very VERY nice high end boxes and got wondering what you use since the bottom is never shown in pics or described.

Thanks for the guidance and expertise!

Stephen

-- Stephen - Georgia


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#1 posted 12-30-2016 10:15 PM

i use plywood and cover with fabric

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 12:51 AM

1/4” ply board I think it’s realistically 3/16”. If I’m just making a traditional miter joint box, most of my boxes are hybrids mine own design which starts out as a bandsaw box.

Measure up 1/4” from the bottom and cut your dados, if you’re building a box joint box than you have to add stops to your router fense as you don’t want to cut all the way through as it will show a gap in the sidewalks of your box exposed from the outside.

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 01:17 AM

I use solid wood.I put a lot of craftsman ship into my boxes.
Sometime I use all the same wood sometimes a different wood with a nice aroma.Like white oak or cedar of Lebanon.
Let me know if you want to see one of my badass boxes.

Aj

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 01:33 AM

Aj2..”Let me know if you want to see one of my badass boxes.”

Aj, I looked at the one box you posted and it was badass,no doubt about it. For some reason it didn’t get in the top three.

Cheapguy, To add more weight to some of my lighter boxes, like maple, I’ve started using Ipe for the bottom. It gives the box a feeling of quality or substance. Ipe is a very dense and heavy wood.

-- Dan

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 01:37 AM

I’ve used fabric over solid wood, felt on plywood, and bare solid wood. I like the fabric over wood best so far. You can see a few examples in my projects.

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 02:38 AM

I prefer good plywood for its dimensional stability. If it will be seen I veneer it with something nice. If it will be lined, likely not.

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 03:02 AM



Aj2..”Let me know if you want to see one of my badass boxes.”

Aj, I looked at the one box you posted and it was badass,no doubt about it. For some reason it didn t get in the top three.

Cheapguy, To add more weight to some of my lighter boxes, like maple, I ve started using Ipe for the bottom. It gives the box a feeling of quality or substance. Ipe is a very dense and heavy wood.

Oh yeah I like seeing others craftsmanship what you got?

- DanielP


-- Aj

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 03:18 AM


Aj2..”Let me know if you want to see one of my badass boxes.”

Aj, I looked at the one box you posted and it was badass,no doubt about it. For some reason it didn t get in the top three.

Cheapguy, To add more weight to some of my lighter boxes, like maple, I ve started using Ipe for the bottom. It gives the box a feeling of quality or substance. Ipe is a very dense and heavy wood.

Oh yeah I like seeing others craftsmanship what you got?

- DanielP

- Aj2

Excuse me?

-- Dan

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 03:58 AM

@Dan I though you might have some nice boxes you wouldn’t mind sharing.
My bad

Aj

-- Aj

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Dan

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#10 posted 12-31-2016 04:10 AM

No prob, I was complimenting your box making skill and taking a jab at LJ’s rating system. I can see where my words could be misinterpreted. You should post more boxes, not me.

-- Dan

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#11 posted 12-31-2016 11:26 AM

Thank you to hose who have posted responses so far. I really respect the work that I’ve seen on here and the opinions of you, who are obviously more experienced than am I.

I’d still love to hear more opinions about it as long as people will still share!

I think that I’m leaning toward making the box’s bottom with plywood and either line the outer facing side with the same material that I will be using on the inside or leave it uncovered (I have some plywood that has a reddish tint to it, so even if someone looks at the bottom, they probably won’t notice to much). Since I don’t have a way to mill my maple down without wasting most of it (using my planer to turn a 4/4 piece that would be a reasonable size for a box whose height is going to be about 4” in all), I just can’t bring myself to do it. I think that I can put that wood into better use some where else.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#12 posted 12-31-2016 11:53 AM

Mdf, fabric or leather lining.

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#13 posted 12-31-2016 01:31 PM

I guess the obvious question is if you have a table saw why not just re-saw the piece.

-- Dan

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#14 posted 12-31-2016 01:58 PM

The blade on my table saw can cut a piece about 3” – 3.5” thick…maybe a bit more. The shortest dimension of the base piece for my box is a little over 9”, so even if I flip it I can’t cut it all the way through on my table saw.

...and I don’t own a band saw…or else this would be a non issue for me.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#15 posted 12-31-2016 02:15 PM

Most of the boxes I’ve made have been Bass wood & I have used it all the way round. But I usually cover the bottom with felt so the box will not scratch if it’s slid on the top of a dresser or table. I just glue it fast and trim after dry with a pair of curved embroidery scissors.

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