2 Boxes based on Gary Rogowski and Marc Spagnuolo's Video.

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Project by Jorgearaujo posted 08-13-2014 03:54 AM 3874 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished 2 new boxes today… Based on Gary Rogowski’s design and Marc Spagnuolo’s video. They are both around 9.5” x 12.5” basically so you can fit an 8.5×11 paper in then. One is made of quartersawn white oak, it has breadboard ends on the lid and the joints are proud on the corners, It also has chamfers on all corners. The Walnut one also has breadboard ends on the lid but the joints are all cut flush and all the corners are crisp. They are both finished with 3 coats of a Danish Oil Finish. I really had fun making these boxes. and I feel like I am getting better and better with every box I make… But I still have a lot to learn. These were a lot of fun Because aside from the initial milling of the boards I did all with Hand tools and used liquid hide glue for the first time.

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 04:15 AM

Very good, I can see a lot of uses for such boxes, mind posting a link to the video.

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 04:44 AM

Jorge, your boxmaking continues to progress. With no photos of the box open and no hinge in sight, I assume the lid lifts off. Quarter sawn White Oak is one of my favorite woods. I assume the breadboarding was to avoid seeing end grain. As a lid the wood can expand on its own without the breadboard. The box has nice proportions.

You might look at this application of similar techniques. This lap top uses all the same skills. It might be something to consider for a future project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 10:08 AM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 02:19 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. spclPatrolGroup here is the link to the video Boxguy thanks for the comments, actually the boxes have hinges on the back but when I took the pictures my flash didn’t go off and the pictures were black, I didn’t feel like setting everything back up to take those pics… Lazy! The breadboard ends are technically so the lid can expand and contract as they are only glued in the middle and put together with spring joints to tighten the sides, I really wanted to try this technique and so far its working…. but only time will tell.. LOL!

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 04:25 PM

Very nice. I recently made a similarly sized box, but with a sliding lid and dovetails, mainly to practice creating mitered dovetails. Thanks for the video link. I’ll check that out now.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 05:10 PM

These are beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 12:02 AM

Great looking boxes! And thanks for the link—off to check it out!

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#8 posted 08-14-2014 03:02 AM

Nicely done. And if you did a good job on that spring joint, it will hold just fine. Well done. Gary

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#9 posted 08-14-2014 04:09 AM

Thanks Gary. Had a blast making these boxes and while my GF wants the Walnut one the White Oak one is all mine… LOL!

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