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Forum topic by Guss posted 10-31-2011 09:27 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Guss

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10-31-2011 09:27 PM

I have recently been making small boxes. I was wondering if you guys had any tip on speeding the process up any?


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live4ever

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 09:50 PM

Which part of the process are you finding particularly slow?

What kind of joinery are you using?

How are you doing your lid/top panel?

There are lots of ways to make a box, but if we don’t know how you’re going about it, it’s hard to tell ya how you can do it faster! :)

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 10:28 PM

As someone who has made a lot of boxes, I can tell you this much: If you are looking for a way to speed up the process, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Good boxes take a lot of time.

Now if there is a particular part of the process that you are having a problem with, someone might know a better way than whatever you are doing, but like live4ever said, we need more information.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 01:30 AM

I make small cheap cedar boxes 25 at a time with all different images inlayed into the lids.I make the sides with just 45 degree corners glued up and glued on top and bottom. Sand, finish THEN cut top off and install hinges. One last coat of finish and out for sale. I buy cedar by the truckload and resaw it all to 3.8” thickness.

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Guss

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#4 posted 11-01-2011 03:14 AM

I am doing Incra corner post dovetails which went really smooth. for the top i did a slat panel and alternated wood colors. for the rails and styles I connected then with a dovetail. for hinges I made my own wooden ones. then i made some dividers for the inside. so the top and the dividers have taken forever and getting the hinges mortised.

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 03:32 AM

As Jim mentioned, making multiple like boxes goes faster because you can mill the parts in batches. Certain operations will just naturally go faster the more you do them.

I agree with you about interior dividers…. I find these pretty time consuming as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Guss

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#6 posted 11-02-2011 02:54 AM

i have been on the router table i just find the setup to be vary tedious so im looking to find a hinge mortising jig that i can adjust. do out have a jig made for your router table or how do you go about it?

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#7 posted 11-04-2011 04:58 AM

thanks ill give that a try

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