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Forum topic by Divotdog posted 05-21-2009 04:32 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Divotdog

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05-21-2009 04:32 PM

I made a frame and panel box lid with mitered corners. The frame is about 3/4” thick red oak with roundover edges. Each piece is 1 1/2 ” wide. The panel is tigerwood and rests in a 3/16” groove. I have not yet made the box carcass but it will probably be 3/4” red oak (to match). I made another lid like this and used magnets in the rear edge to hold it on. But now Iwould like to try a different lid technique.

I have made rabbetts before but I don’t know how they would work with this type of lid. So how can I make a lift-off lid considering the mitered corners and the thin part holding the panel?

Thanks,
David

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is hot but it's cool in the shop


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#1 posted 05-21-2009 05:41 PM

If I’m visualizing your description properly, the easiest way is to line the box with 1/8” thick material, allowing the lining to protrude slightly aboove the box to keep the lid in place. Like this:

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

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 05:51 PM

OK – so I would make a shallow groove all around for the lining? That sounds good. Does your lining go all the way to the bottom?

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is hot but it's cool in the shop

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 05:54 PM

Charlie has this box thing down to the max

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#4 posted 05-21-2009 06:09 PM

It does not matter really how deep the lining extends into the lid…. just deep enough to keep the lid from moving.

Again, if I’m visualizing your lid correctly. there is no need to cut a groove. If you turn your lid upside down, is the panel flush with the bottom of the lid, or isn’t there a slight recess that the lining woud fit into?

Re-reading your description, I think I now see that your lid is going to be flush with the top of the box, so this might not be the best solution for you.

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

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#5 posted 05-21-2009 06:17 PM

Thanks, Charlie, I see what you mean but the panel is much smaller than the lid because the frame pieces are 1 1/2” wide. In other words a lining placed inside the carcass edges would be about 1/2 to 3/4 inch away from the panel recess, depending on the thickness of the sides. So the panel is about 3 X 4 while the lid is about 10 X 6.

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is hot but it's cool in the shop

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#6 posted 05-21-2009 06:24 PM

Another option is to make a thin panel the same size as the opening of your box, and attach it to the underside of your lid. This has the same effect of holding the lid in place.

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

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#7 posted 05-21-2009 06:35 PM

Good idea – I can rip some matching strips to fit the inside dimensions (once the sides are assembled) and then glue them flat to the bottom of my frame.

I have some side pieces cut from the same wood to match the length and width if this lid. But I think next time I will make the box first and then the lid! (:>

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is hot but it's cool in the shop

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