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02-25-2009 05:09 AM

I was looking for some inspiration for making a valet and came across this beautiful box. I doubt I will make this because I would rather come up with my own design however I find myself intrigued with how this was done. Can someone explain this to me? Was a square box built first and then the sides were curved on perhaps a beltsander? If that was the case then how do you explain the drawer? I know there are a few ways to skin a cat but I’d like to hear some of them. What do you think?

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#1 posted 02-25-2009 04:57 PM

If the interior of the case is flat then I would think the box was built square and then rounded with a bandsaw. the interior of the drawer would be made square and reference against the square interior of the cabinet, but the drawer front would be cut to match the outer curve. That how I would do it anyway, I too would love to hear what others think.

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#2 posted 02-25-2009 05:05 PM

I saw a box similar to this in FWW issue #139
He used a small block plane to knock down the sides, then a profiled scraper to come to the final shape.

another one in FWW 107 using a router jig to make the profile.

and in FWW 90 they used curved molding and applied a veneer.

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#3 posted 02-25-2009 05:05 PM

You could create it as you said with a belt sander after the box is built. You could also shape it with a plane or you could also use a router planeing jig with curved rather that flat rails.

I’m assuming that the curve is only on the outside so that the drawer front is pretty thick. If you want a thinner drawer front you would have to work the inside of the drawer front BEFORE you created the drawer. You could cut a cove on the inside of the drawer front using a table saw.

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 05:15 PM

I don’t believe it is just a box. The ebony handles are for the lid (top) and I think a draw (bottom). If I were building it I would start the same way I make ogee feet. I would start with a long board and rough shape it with a table saw, band saw and finally a plane and sandpaper. See . Then I would cut it into pieces and join them. See and .

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 06:11 AM

I think you guys are right about the inside of this box being flat as you can see in the picture below. I think Joe is on the right track with making one piece all the same first. I think that would give you an advantage in uniformity however I imagine it presents some difficulty for glueing up. I love the tray that lifts out as the lid rises. Reminds me of a tackle box in a way – just way nicer!

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 06:25 AM

So when are you going to start. A nice design

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 03:48 PM

Not until I understand it better Karson. I bet I would build it square first and then think it looked pretty good that way and not go any further. Perhaps I should build two at once so I have some insurance.

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 07:56 PM

Here is a very similar box (without the drawers) made from cocobolo with the construction details:

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 08:47 PM

I did something simialr one time. I ripped the wood on a 12 degree cut, 3” down from the top then inverted it. It gave me a shape similar to that box only, since I inverted only one peice, it was just angled in at the top, not the bottom. Could have rounded it easily by sanding.

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#10 posted 04-03-2009 03:19 PM

just searching around fine woodworking website and found this free plan

I think it might be just the ticket for what your trying to do.

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