Router Plane Box

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Project by bit101 posted 08-12-2014 01:25 PM 1926 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been on the list for a while. Finally grabbed a piece of 3/4” pine that was baking in the sun on the front porch for a couple of months and started cutting it up, planing it down, dovetailing it.

Some of the best dovetails I’ve cut to date. I gang cut the tails, and including layout, that took under 1/2 hour. The pins took a bit longer as they had to be done individually, and one was smack in the middle of a big knot (bad planning there) but they went fast and only one small gap in the whole thing. OK, there is the fact that a big chunk of that knot broke out, but it’s inside the box. Character.

After it was all together, I decided to try some stain on it. Just some Minwax cherry stain. Amazing what it did to cheap home center pine. Then 3 coats of shellac and some wax. Another decent shop box project. I need to find some way to secure the two extra cutters and the fence so they don’t just slide around in the bottom of the box.

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 01:11 AM

Nice looking box for “cheap pine” My shop boxes don’t look that nice.To hold your cutters you might want to think about some small velcro straps.

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 01:24 AM

Thanks. Yeah, partially utilitarian, partially getting in practice in making nice joinery, etc. So nicer than it needs to be for a shop box, but if it gets all banged up, I’m not going to worry about it. The velcro is a good idea. I was thinking of something wooden, but now you’ve got me thinking “outside the box”. :)

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 03:33 PM

Really nice swirl grain pattern on the front.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 04:06 PM

Didn’t really see that swirl pattern coming until I hit it with the stain.

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 05:09 PM

This is very nice and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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