Small Boxes with laser engraved lids

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Project by Mark Smith posted 05-15-2014 03:52 AM 1827 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 14 of these small boxes for a customer. The body of the boxes are walnut and the lids and bottoms are white oak. The company logo was laser engraved in the top along with individual names of people receiving the boxes. Much better idea than a plaque to hang on a wall. You can bet these boxes will remain on these people’s desks forever.

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 11:05 AM

Very nice project Mark. The boxes look great , nice wood and joinery…thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 01:01 PM

Interesting dovetails (hearttails?)! Nice touch!

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 04:15 PM

I did the joinery with the MLCS Fast Joinery System. It’s a little tricky to use, but once I figured out the technique is really works quite well. And this particular joint is called the “Heart” joint.

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#4 posted 05-15-2014 04:22 PM

For you box experts out there I have a question. I originally planned to cut groves in the sides of these boxes and install some type of floating bottom. But in the end I planed some white oak down to 1/2 inch thick and just attached it to the bottom of the boxes using screws at each side and then a small amount of glue just to make sure there were no gaps. I put clamps on after the screws just to close up the gaps. I made the bottoms about 1/8” bigger than the box all the way around then I used a straight cutting router bit with a bear at the top to make the bottom perfect even with the sides. In the end I really like how it came out and I’ll probably use this technique any time I make a box. The only thing I’m worried about is I realize the point of the floating bottom is to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood to keep the box from splitting. In these small boxes like this, is that really a concern? I did a much bigger box a while ago and I did put a floating bottom in it, but I just wonder if smaller boxes can expand or contract enough to split the joints, especially the joints I used on here and the screws in the bottom.

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#5 posted 05-15-2014 06:09 PM

Nice! Did you laser engrave these yourself, and if so, what kind of laser system do you have?

I bought that MLCS joint jig system, glad to see it in practical use! (Mine is still in the box)

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#6 posted 05-15-2014 07:08 PM

Yes, I did the laser myself. I have a Hurricane 20”x16” laser in the shop. I like the MLCS joint system, but it is a little tricky to use. You have to set up your router table perfectly and make sure the bit is perfectly centered. There is another thread here on the MLCS system that I wrote quite a bit on with some tips I learned.

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#7 posted 05-15-2014 07:09 PM

Check here for the MLCS thread:

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