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Blog entry by blackcherry posted 08-10-2010 04:52 AM 10118 reads 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How to bevel a Bevel Beauty Box, by Wood Mag. book “Making Great Boxes”...Part1… make the main body of the box and place it bottom side against the table saw fence, with a zero clearance throat plate and blade tilted away from the box and at 11 degrees, remove or rip the kerf of the table saw blade from the leading edge of the box.!! Next make the lid frame from 1”1/4×3/4 inch thick “timber”. Along one side of framing member center a 1/4×3/8 deep channel. The lid panel is made from 3/4 thick stock with a 3/8 rabbet and 1/2 deep. Dry fit the lid and glue only the miter corners and the center of the top and bottom panel, not the sides, this will allow for wood movement… Once the lid is dry and removed from clamps the lid should fit nicely into the box, if not a quick block plane whipping should do the trick If you are going to add spline to the lid corner now the time!! Remove the bulk of the spline on the band saw and use a block plane to tidy thing up to nuff!!

Next bevel cut the lid Note the clamping of the lid panel to a scrap piece of timber and how it will glide across the fence top…Also if you are using a large lid a high rise fence jig is recommended. The lid is ripped at 11 degree blade tilted away from the top. Once ripped it clean up time with a block plane and rabbet plane and ready for fitting the hinge.!! Support the lid with two scrap piece of wood so that the lid fit flush with the top. When ripping the top lid bevel save the two scrap wedge that fall off, this is my tip of the day. You will use them to lock the lid into place while drill the brass rod holes. Here you see the wedges use to secure the lid for the drilling procdure. Make a jig to allow for a straight hole with a hand drill, using a 1/8 bit. Cut two 2” brass rod from 1/8 stock for the hinges. You’ll have to trim at a later time. Ta Da here you have the almost completed BBB. Next is to trim the side of the lower box. The hinge sides are first , from the inside edge of the box measure 3/8 ”, and with a Zero Clearance throat plate set at 9 degree place the box against the TS fence and with the bottom side up and the TS blade raised to 2” rip the side to 3/8” thick. Next is the front and back, using your miter gauge and a stop block place the box against the stop block and clamp and cut the front and back to a thickness of 3/8 thick…sorry no pic of this part. So there you have the jest of the Bevel Beauty thanks for view…any question please PM thank…BC

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 06:07 AM

The box looks good.

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 07:26 AM

Wow, thanks for documenting this! I have a project that requires such a beveled lid.
Amazing amount of work and to add photographing everything as well..good on you

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 11:18 AM

Nice box. Thanks for the info.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 02:24 PM

Very nice procedure. Well documented. Thanks for that.

I got to try this. It produces a very elegant box. The bevels really add to it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 05:08 PM

Great blog. Nice job on the build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 05:08 PM

This gives a cleaner look than my belt sander method. thanks for the info. I will have to work on this.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 05:15 PM

Excellent Bev box tutorial. Really love this style of box. Looking forward to trying one of these soon.
Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 11:31 AM

Well done ….thanks for all of the pictures and info : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 05:22 PM

Nice job on this blog, very informative and concise explanation, thanks for sharing this

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 01:15 AM

I just stumbled across this blog.
I will have to try this sometime.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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