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12-10-2008 11:26 PM

Can anyone explain or point me to a link on how to make these?

I would really appreciate it. I am new to woodworking and would love to learn to make these.

Small Box


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#1 posted 12-13-2008 06:45 AM

Doesn’t look that tough, looks like each one is make from 3 pieces of wood.
you can probably get the intricate wood piece from a Luthier’s catalog, can probably google plenty and get lots of designs. That’s just going to be routed and glued in….simple. your design piece is 1 piece, its glued into your top (piece 2). Now I would take a nice long piece and route out for the design piece first, so I could make ten at a time or more.
Most of the work, I would do while in a large piece. The top has to have either a taper edge to lock it into the bottom or the edge goes straight down and has a small enterlock lock piece at the bottom.
The bottom piece can be either done with a router or a table saw and router. for your rounded sides route the long sides befor you cut them into blocks. round the other 2 sides with your router set up like a shaper. on the small pieces, could be dangerous, so make a gig so you can push it through with the gig and keep your hands away….....sand and finish. Then you’ll have about 10 of them. Good luck ….......Steven

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 10:56 PM

Take a block of wood big enough to be completed box. Setup your bandsaw to resaw, slice the Top off.

Setup bandsaw at 17Deg angle slice 1 side off, turn around and repeat.

Take bottom and hollow out storage area using chisels, router, whatever.

Take both sides and glue in place.

Slide top into place.

I’m skipping the sanding and other bits you may want to do, but that seems like the best route to me. Get a bandsaw blade with a really fine set to the teeth and the cuts should glue up invisible.

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 03:34 AM

Checck out this project from another LJocker….

Click for details

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 10:22 PM

Wow the project with the photo’s is a big help. Since I am new this will be a dificult project for me but I will get it done soon! I may have some questions still for the board.


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#5 posted 12-18-2008 11:17 PM

I’m not sure if you just wanted some sweet little boxes, or an actual puzzle box like you linked to. The above methods are fine for a regular small box. I have also cut the slot with a dovetail bit, and then cut the lid (upside down) with the same bit in my router table. Using a fence you can very easliy shave a hair at a time off the lid until it fits just right and slides smooth as silk. The opening can then be cleared with a mortising machine, or even a regular chisel. If you’re chiselling though, drilling the bulk out first might save a ton of time.
If it’s a puzzle box you’re ater, there are tons of resources online with plans. One of the easiest, IMHO, is to have a pin in the edge of the box with a hole in the lid above it and a tint rare earth magnet to hold it up and locked. I quick “smack” of the bottom of the box on your hand and the pin will fall free and the door will slie open. Can’t wait to see your results.

-- Junk is junk, at any cost.

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#6 posted 12-19-2008 07:31 AM

I am not interested in the puzzle box for now. Just the nice little box Rocco. Thanks for the info. I plan to cut the slot in the large portion of the box with a dovetail bit. What do you mean “upside down? I got lost there on the lid explanation.


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#7 posted 12-29-2008 08:19 PM

Hrmm. I started working on this project, a little, I have the bottom of the box taken care of. Used a dovetail bit on my router table and then hollowed out the compartment.

Problem is the lid. I don’t have a planer. What are my options for cutting the lid to such a thin depth?

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 10:04 PM

You can resaw on a table saw with care, I would use a bandsaw if you have access.

I also have a small lunchbox style planer i was going to sell for cheap.

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#9 posted 12-31-2008 06:48 PM

I don’t see the problem. If you plan on making several of these boxes , begin by sizeing the the stock to make all the boxes at once. A board 1 1/2” x 3/4” x 3’ would make about 15 boxes 2” long rip the 3/4” stock to 3/8”-1/2” thick. The drop which is approximately 1/8”-1/4” can be use for the tops. This way you are dealing with stock that is 3’ long instead of small pieces when ripping. Then create the beveled dado for the lid inwhich to slide on the entire 3’ length. Likewise bevel the lid stock in it’s full 3’ length. Then size the stock in your desired lengths. Once you have all the pieces cut you can route the compartments out and route the edges of the boxes with the lids in place. You will have to figure out a way to do the last two steps with the means and equipment you have. Obviously they are small and will require some means of holdfast during routing. Adjust the stock sizes to fit your preferences. If you desire a deeper compartment and are limited to ripping with a table saw with 1/8” kerf you will need to begin with stock of a different size. 1 1/2”x 1” or 1 1/2”x 1 1/4” etc will give you a deeper compartment on the finished boxes.

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