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Forum topic by Ben posted 04-30-2017 10:02 PM 350 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben

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04-30-2017 10:02 PM

So, making this box for girlfriend. As usual I never bother doing design work, just start making it.
These are the kinds of issues that result.

I made a lid for the box using a Cherry panel in a curly Maple mitered/splined frame.

Once I set it on the box I knew it wasn’t “right.” Both the splines not looking right against the DT’s, and also the Cherry panel piece just not interesting enough IMO.

So I cut the end off a prized Curly Maple board to make a new lid. The piece is so gorgeous I want to just leave it a slab. It will be attached to quadrant hinges. And I want to make little “lifting tab” on one end.

I guess part of me things a slab top on a nicely dovetailed box seems a bit out of place. On the other hand, it seems pointless to make a frame around this piece of wood. And then what is the frame? Tall dovetailed, or another mitered thing?

Any thoughts??

Thanks!


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Rich

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#1 posted 04-30-2017 11:19 PM

Slabs have a tendency to warp. If you go that route, add a couple of cleats underneath to hold it flat. Of course you have to allow for wood movement.

There was a similar thread a few weeks ago, but that lid had already warped.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 04-30-2017 11:24 PM

Right, about the warpage. Though if it thinner and fit into a groove in a mitered frame I would think it would warp even worse.

I’m leaning towards a small dovetailed frame and a mini raised panel profile on the slab.

Thanks!

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 12:25 AM

Ben,

I personally like the version in the second photo; the frame and panel. But then my opinion really does not count. It seems to me that this design decision on the lid is probably best made by your girlfriend. From the two posted photos, she would have nearly perfect information on which to make a decision. If it is a surprise gift, you are probably far enough that you will likely get credit for the surprise gift; and I think she will be impressed!

You mentioned lifting tabs on one end of the lid. I am not sure what you may have in mind. One option for providing a means to lift the lid would be to rout a pair of stopped coves on the underside of the lid. The stopped coves would be very low profile and thus barely noticeable while providing the ability to lift the lid with little effort. I have found that a 3/8” radius cove works well on 3/4” stock.

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#4 posted 05-01-2017 01:39 AM



Ben,

I personally like the version in the second photo; the frame and panel. But then my opinion really does not count. It seems to me that this design decision on the lid is probably best made by your girlfriend.

- JBrow

Listen to JBrow. That’s the best advice you can get.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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