First Commissioned Piece #3: Keyed miters

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 09-25-2007 06:22 AM 2255 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The box so far:
- I’ve dimensioned the lumber and cut the miters
- I cut the lid and bottom panels to size, cut rabbets into the lid, and glued suede cloth to the inside of the bottom panel and veneered a piece of white oak to the outside of the bottom panel
- I inlaid the bog oak square and cut the oval for the red jasper cab
- I glued up the box

That takes us to this…

You can see some of the nail and worm holes in the sides and lid; I could have left that out of the design, but I do like to keep some indication that I’ve used reclaimed lumber.
Progress to date.

Here is the inlaid rectangle of bog oak. You can also see the oval I’ve routed for the red jasper cab.
Detail of inlay.

This evening, I spent some time cutting the slots for the keyed miters and gluing in the keys.
Keyed miters are in!

Tomorrow I’ll take off the excess with a flush-cut saw and clean them up with my 60 1/2 block plane and sand paper.

After that, I’ll take off the lid and the next blog will probably be on mortising the hinges and the lip in the lid.

-- Ethan,

7 comments so far

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 09-25-2007 06:40 AM

looking forward to seeing the finished box.

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#2 posted 09-25-2007 06:52 AM

Very nice start…What finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 09-25-2007 11:44 AM

Very nice. It is really coming together Ethan. Good to see your settled in the new house and working again.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-25-2007 12:44 PM

Looking good, Ethan.

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#5 posted 09-25-2007 12:55 PM

oh wow…. lookin’ GOOOOOD !

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 09-25-2007 03:40 PM


I prefer fuming my white oak, but I ran into some concept/design issues. I created my bottom panel with the suede cloth already attached to it and had to glue up the box with the bottom panel in. I can’t fume until after I cut the top off (because the cut edge would be unfumed). Adding the lining that way makes for a good looking interior, but I wasn’t sure how much the suede cloth would appreciate being fumed.

I didn’t want to chance it, so I decided to go with a suggestion from an article Chris Schwarz wrote for one of the last issues of Woodworking Magazine. Well, I modified it a little. He suggested a walnut stain, Watco’s Danish oil (dark walnut), and then a few coats of orange shellac. (The idea was to create a craftsman-style finish with products you could buy at a local home store.) I dropped the stain and went with Watco’s Danish Oil (dark walnut) and two coats of garnet shellac. I pre-finished the inside and I’m happy with how it looks.

In the future, if I want to fume the box, I’ll probably make the bottom panel without the suede cloth glued in and do the more traditional insert method of wrapping the cloth around posterboard or cardboard cut to size.

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 09-26-2007 04:55 AM

I like your approach,concept.The design is understated yet the wood gives it strength. Definitely what draws us to the Craftsman designs.I look forward to seeing the finished box.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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