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Jeff_in_LSMO

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03-04-2015 09:44 PM

I want to make a bunch of small 1×1 x 0.5” deep boxes, and I want to use 1/8” material. They will be nested in a tray to be used in a jewelry box, and will be removable.

How do I do this?

How do I construct these? How do I make sure they can stand up to semi-frequent use?


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#1 posted 03-04-2015 09:46 PM

do i just edge glue it all?

I am considering felting the insides, which would give it some strength, but I may not.

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 09:53 PM

Hi Jeff – You may get some more learned replies, but I’d be inclined to go with a good quality glue and not try any fancy joinery on such a small item. I use Titebond II for just about every wood project and it has not failed me yet.

As far as a felt lining, you may want to consider a flocking kit. They essentially are special spray guns you fill with loose felt fibers and pump onto a glued surface. A Google search will give you a number of sources.

Hope this helps.

Ron

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#3 posted 03-04-2015 09:55 PM

You could dado or router out a 3/4” channel in a solid wood piece(allow for blade kerf) then glue side panels on the sides then rip off the 1” cubes? can see it in my head but hard to describe!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 03-04-2015 09:57 PM

oh, so that’s how you do it. i have never heard of flocking before.

thank you very much, ron

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#5 posted 03-04-2015 09:58 PM

rad457, please limit the practicality of your advice, which i will strongly consider. thanks for the tip.

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#6 posted 03-04-2015 10:10 PM

I would make one tray with several compartments instead of making several little trays. Seems like it would be more practical.

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#7 posted 03-04-2015 10:16 PM

Jeff,

I, like the above poster, am curious. Why do you need to have these tiny compartments removable? How do you envision they will be used? Perhaps someone can offer ideas for an alternate construction that would serve as well without all the tiny (probably fragile) boxes.

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#8 posted 03-04-2015 11:26 PM

Double-blind dovetails at the corners with the bottom floating in a dado. That’s really the easiest way to make them. :-)

Or … Create a 1/16” x 1/16” rabbet on the edge of 1”-wide stock. Cut the stock into 1”-long pieces with beveled edges. Lay the pieces edge-to-edge on painter’s tape and then glue them together around a 3/4” x 3/4” form using the tape as a clamp. Finally, glue in a 7/8” x 7/8” bottom. Insetting the bottom is more forgiving than trying to make things flush. As a bonus, you get a nice little reveal.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 03-04-2015 11:32 PM

Make a larger box w/ egg crate dividers.

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 11:57 PM

Since it is 1/8 material, and I think it might be tough for you to put a dovetail or box joint on it:
butt join the joints.
In the corners use small strips of cloth with titebond to act like a fiberglass reinforcement of the joint, then cover with the flocking as mentioned. The cloth will add a substantial amount of reinforcement at the corners and to the bottom. Don’t overdo it. Or find a nice decorative cloth and do overdo it, to the point you no longer need flocking.

-- Jeff NJ

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#11 posted 03-05-2015 12:07 AM

Iwud cut 4- 1” strips about 10 or 12” long, depending on how many boxes you need, then 45 the 2 edges. Then I would tape and glue up the 4 pcs into a square tube. then cut 1/2” pcs off of the tube. Just glue in a bottom after that.

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#12 posted 03-05-2015 12:50 AM



You could dado or router out a 3/4” channel in a solid wood piece(allow for blade kerf) then glue side panels on the sides then rip off the 1” cubes? can see it in my head but hard to describe!

- rad457

I think I can see it in my head, and I think it’s brilliant.

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#13 posted 03-05-2015 12:50 AM

A more elegant solution in my mind. Laser cut interlocking pieces. Incredibly strong.
If you are interested in getting them cut, contact me.

This is NOT SPAM. Just trying to help a fellow woodworker out.

Bob

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#14 posted 03-05-2015 01:16 AM

Could you use 1×1x1/2” blocks and a forstner bit to create these? It wouldn’t take long to drill a bunch of holes 1/2” (or less) deep in a 1” wide strip and then chop off as many as you need.

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#15 posted 03-05-2015 08:52 AM

I would use the bottom as the basis for strength and with the corners mitered on the sides. Glue will hold these thin materials quite well even on the end grain since they are so light and small. Flocking will strengthen it in the joints too. That is, glue the sides to the bottom piece and at the miter joints. It should hold just fine. Your material sizes have to be precise so the mitered corners can fit together nicely.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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