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11-23-2014 04:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question Please see this box before reading!

I have had a lot of success with my latest box style and just completed version 3.0 for a customer. (Posted soon) by adding a drawer. My wife has thrilled over each one and I want to make her one for Christmas. This will be version 4.0 and I need some advice for the lid. The other three were made of poplar sides with pine corners and legs. Lots of material available. I have just enough birds eye maple at 1/2 inch from the box swap for the sides and walnut for the corners and legs. Not enough BEM for the lid at 1/2 inch as used in prior design. I do have a piece of birds eye at 1/4 inch that would fit the bill but I need a new design if a lid is to work with available material. I have toyed with a few ideas.
1) Rabbet the top of the box and cut the 1/4 BEM to be recessed into the lid as a assembled box then cut off the top with TS.
2) Cut a groove about 1/4 inch down and do the same as above leaving a lowered portion of BEM.
3) Cut some walnut at 3/4 inch wide, 1/2 inch thick and make a walnut border around the top with the BEM inside the border.

With this choice of woods it should be a beautiful box when done but with limited material I can’t afford trial and error. Any suggestions or cool ideas would really be appreciated! Just having a 1/4 inch top just won’t work.

Sorry for adding the link above but I could not get a picture to post here.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 04:28 PM

I would go with option 2. While I don’t t think you would have to concern yourself with the BEM moving it is a possibility so option 3 is out. Option 1 is ok but again movement and I think with all of your angles there will be a gap somewhere. With option 2 you can have a little wiggle room. Further 1/4” is a bit too much ‘edge’ 3/16 or a shade less will be good, unless you chamber that inside edge. I have built many boxes with the dado and they come out very nice
Love your box design, you are doing quality work.

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 04:35 PM

Hopefully this is the box. Love the design.

I like the simplicity of the lid. Hmm. I like the idea of using the BEM as an inlay into the walnut. Here is a humidor with inlay of BEM.

My suggestion would be to use a router inlay template to inlay the BEM into a solid walnut lid?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 05:14 PM

Jumbo, I like option 2 also. Agreed, 1/4 may be a bit much, instead of campher use roundover, wife likes rounded edges.
ElChe, thanks for posting my box, you know, I like that recessed look. I’m feeling that quite a bit right now.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 12:33 AM

I really wanted to go with ElChe method but discovered my walnut stock is 1/4 inch to narrow. I wanted the dark border on the top so….I’m going to give option three a try. I think if I leave a little wiggle room in this I may be OK considering the size.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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