wedding box build - tutorial

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Blog entry by patron posted 06-12-2012 07:48 PM 13216 reads 40 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i recently built a box for rivergirl
to be given as a wedding present

as i had recently done a tutorial
about some design and cutting techniques

that was fresh in my head
and i used it for this box

to make things easier
rather than cut each part separate
i started with some 5/4 black walnut
and maple stock and double taped them together on edge

and them cross cut them into blocks
(no real size just looked right and all the same)

and using a handy can marked an arc from one corner
to the opposite side shy of the edge
(they will all need to be squared and paralleled later
so somewhat bigger than finished is good)

and took then to the bandsaw and cut quick
so the line doesn’t wobble

here it is important to keep all the parts with their respective mates
as no other freehand cut part will match another but it’s mate

and glue the alternate colors back together

now all the blocks need to be squared and sized to one standard
the ‘top’ i cut by eye against a backer on the miter gauge
so the arc end is in the same place on all

now i glue them all in the sequence i want
(the sides have straight wood cauls and clamps
and one clamp down the length)

after the glue is cleaned up
i re-saw the whole thing
and glue them together endwise again
with any accent colors i like on the sides
and the same clamping sequence as before

a note here
when you ‘butterfly’ this the ends are out of sequence

so one must be flipped over to come back to pattern
(this is where my machine sander died
and all the trouble started as i usually use it thru all the stages to ‘clean up’
the stages) now i had to do this by saw or with a DA sander
which is not a true flat surface to work with)
here is the one ‘flipped over’ ready for glue and accent strips

now we have a piece that is roughly 3’ long
and maybe 2 1/2” wide by 3/4 ” thick
and re-sawing again to about 1/8”
you will get maybe 4 pieces ready to work with
(because my bandsaw was not up to par for re-sawing
i only got 3 but only used 2 so far
something for some other project someday)

now the box itself is just regular parts
that have a dado for this inlay to glue into
and cut to fit as needed
i glued the inlay in first
so as not to have to many tedious cuts to make
(this is a scrap left over to show the dado)

i just rabbeted the ends and sides
as i was having so much trouble with uneven pieces
from bad sanding to even things up

but this could be done in martyns E-Z miter style
if things are flat and true

basically this is just how they make those bandings
for edges and guitars just in a larger scale

any questions please ask

i hope this will help

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 08:12 PM

thank you David for taking the time to teach here, its always so fun to learn from others and you did a great job here in sharing this technique, hope you can get your band saw to working right, i wish you the best buddy, and hope for you to feel well, wood working is the best medicine here…......grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 08:15 PM

Thanks for the tutorial, David. I would like to try this someday so I’m going to make this a favorite so I can refer to it later. Your box is beautiful.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 08:17 PM

thanks grizz

so long as we share
we all learn

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 08:19 PM

thanks charles

you all honor me
and teach me too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 08:33 PM

It is why I love being a LJ, the wonderful knowledge you and other LJ’s have that makes us say, wow, I never thought of doing that, or thats how they did it. Thanks David for brightening my day with this tutorial.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 08:54 PM

Superbe! I do recognize your signed intricate work. Thank you for investing the time to show your techniques.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 08:57 PM

Thanks for the tutorial

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 06-12-2012 09:08 PM

I need to get back to this cut and switch… fabulous design and well made box… thanks David…

-- Be safe.

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#9 posted 06-12-2012 09:13 PM

thanks David its ones like you that keep this craft alive

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 06-12-2012 09:30 PM

thanks guys

sorry for the late reply
it was time for my sit and pass out nap

they are like catching fish

you never know when you get a strike

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 06-12-2012 09:32 PM


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 06-12-2012 09:34 PM

David – that’s really clever! The box looks awesome and I think I will try my hand at this technique with my next build

Thanks for the tutorial

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#13 posted 06-12-2012 09:34 PM

Thanks for helping us all out. I know I have a few idea’s on how to use your technique. It was great thinking to make the inlay strip the way you did. Now I have even more idea’s than normal running around my head.

Thanks David.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 06-12-2012 10:33 PM

Nice work, David…

It’s very interesting about Freehand Cutting (No fancy jigs, etc.) can be used to generate such results!

... and multiplying by resawing thin strips save a lot of work too!

Great stuff!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 06-12-2012 11:02 PM

You know you’re really good when you can make it look easy. Though I know of course that it isn’t, and I could never do it. But that’s why I have good friends who CAN. Thanks again David! You’re the best!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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