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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 08-12-2014 06:24 PM 2477 reads 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 08-12-2014 06:38 PM

Wow Randy! That looks like a Mensa puzzle to me.
Fantastic work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 06:39 PM

Whoa! Nice! Going to be a favorite of mine. Lots of steps. How long does it take you without the pictures? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 09:10 PM

Blackie, great job of explaining how to do this. I know how much time it takes to take the pictures, crop them, and write the commentary. You may find it easier to simply refer questions to this write-up than to keep doing the same answers over and over. You really have this system down pat!

I see you are using straight pieces in your splines. This method is an easy way to cut them on your bandsaw and have much less waste on precious spline material. The secret is that after each cut you flip the spline stock over to make another triangle. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 09:22 PM

Thanks Big Al, I like that jig.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 10:19 PM

Very cool, Randy. Thnx for the detailed how-to. I may do my version of something like this in the future. After doing my “plain” version for a few Christmas gifts last year, I’ve been wanting to go the extra mile and do something similar to what you do. Good stuff man.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 10:21 PM

Very nice explanation with great photographs to show your process. This is really helpful to show all the intricate work that actually goes into crafting one of your fine boxes, and would make a great sales aid to help customer appreciate your artistry. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 12:58 AM

Thanks for sharing, Randy. This is a great tutorial of a really cool process that you’ve developed. Your valets are unique and I’ve always wondered how you managed to combine the two kinds of boxes. Keep up the good work.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 01:45 AM


-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 06:58 PM

Very beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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