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Forum topic by Muhamad Sara posted 09-11-2010 03:29 AM 3802 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Muhamad Sara

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09-11-2010 03:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lid glue gluing small boxes

Hello fellow LumberJocks,

I’m brand new to woodworking and the reason I started doing woodworking besides the fact that I have fallen in love with it is because I love the way small boxes look; they also make awesome gifts. I was wondering how I can make a lid that is 6 inches wide by using three strips of wood of equal width? Do I just glue them together and clamp or are there any special joints I have to make? Remember, I am new and the tools available to me are very limited for the time being so if I could avoid any special joints that would be awesome! Thanks

-- -Muhamad, Chicago,IL


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-11-2010 03:33 AM

since you’ll be gluing long grain to long grain – there is no need for any joinery. you can just butt them to one another – making sure each board is flat and smooth, and glue them to one another – clamp, and you can also clamp some cauls above and beneath to keep it all flat and flush to minimize planing/sanding it flat later.

the only time you’d need joinery involved is when you are trying to connect long grain to end grain in which case, glue will not bond to the end grain, and you need to introrice some joinery that will create some long grain to long grain surfaces for the glue to stick to.

good luck. looking forward to seeing your boxes, glad to hear you are getting addicted;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Muhamad Sara

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#2 posted 09-11-2010 03:37 AM

Haha yeah it’s becoming an addiction. Thanks for the help and I can’t wait to post some projects. Unfortunately it’s going to be a while because I’m still in school (Sophomore in college) and time is very sparse and the university frowns upon woodworking in the dorms lol.

-- -Muhamad, Chicago,IL

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richgreer

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#3 posted 09-11-2010 06:01 AM

Welcome to LJs. PurpLev has given you good advice and I have nothing to add other than to say I wish you well and look forward to seeing your projects.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 06:36 AM

Thanks Rich. I actually just started building a small box out of pine (for practice) using my new Irwin Marple chisels and they are extremely dull so I have to put a hold on it for now. By the way, I love your work bench. All of your projects are amazing but that workbench is a beauty. I love this site because I read about that project a few days ago and here you are commenting on this forum. Awesome community!

-- -Muhamad, Chicago,IL

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#5 posted 09-11-2010 07:07 AM

heh, like I mentioned on your marples thread – you’d need to take into account sharpening materials in your expense plan. it’s a necessity once you start working with blades. none of them come sharp out of the box (with few exceptions)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-11-2010 04:27 PM

Haha yeah i realize that now. I had a 1/2 inch BuckBros that was sharper than a knife from the get go so i figured these would be pretty sharp too.

-- -Muhamad, Chicago,IL

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