Just a box

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Project by Gregg M. posted 08-10-2014 03:02 PM 2636 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Learning to make a box. This is a box made out of walnut with a maple handle. The box is mitered with maple splines. The top is a small piece of figured walnut. The hinges are small barrel hinges. Joints weren’t that tight, had some tear out, the barrel hinges aren’t lined up perfectly and the spline in the top is not centered. Overall I would give it a C-...but hey, I learned some things. The next one should be much better and I have a spline jig to use over again.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 03:07 PM

This is beautiful. What are the dimensions of this box?

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 06:14 PM

Gregg, nice job. I would raise your grade. I like your sense of style and the woods you chose. Looks like you have mastered all of the basics. In the spirit of sharing you might look at this index for some hints about jigs and boxmaking techniques.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 09:04 PM

Very attractive even though you’re slightly critical—wait a couple of weeks and come back. You’ll be amazed how much better it looks.

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

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 09:43 PM

What a meanie!! I am glad I dont have to bring my shool report home to show you !!!
So a complete ressessment is in order:

Learning to make a box. A for effort as a start
This is a box made out of walnut with a maple handle. Selection of timber A
The box is mitered with maple splines. The bain of all woodworkers to get closed up and tight B+
The top is a small piece of figured walnut. A+
the barrel hinges aren’t lined up perfectly Great hinges but again meticulous care is required to install them. B+
Joints weren’t that tight, C+ will improve with practice.
some tear out, C+ (as above)
the spline in the top is not centered. C+ (more attention to setting up the jig required)

The Spline Jig A+

Display of Project pictures C-...there are two excellent shots missing !!

Looking forward to the next post !!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 04:01 AM

First off the splines don’t necessarily have to be centered. I kind of like the position of yours. Hinges are a bear. Those barrel hinges in particular. Figure out which way they gotta go to fix; over drill the hole shim.with veneer OR glue in a dowel and redo. Tearout is a drag and a great place for a spline.
Overall you are too harsh a critic.
Nice box.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 12:11 PM

1st, this is not “just a box”. It looks purdee darn good to me. Lotsa nice details. I agree with what jumbo said also.

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

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 12:24 PM

I love boxes. Very nice job.

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 01:23 PM

Very nice box- nice choice of wood for the lid.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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Gregg M.

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 08:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words all. The size of the box is 4”W x 9L x 5”H. I did my next box which was a chisel box. Different kind of box with dovetails. It turned out much better. I expect improvement in the next box as well. Will keep doing until I get it right. That will be the one I keep ;)

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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