First box with new box joint jig.

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Project by Gerry Lawm posted 09-17-2014 02:01 PM 1737 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just getting into box making, and made this with zebra wood.

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 02:05 PM

It’s a real nice box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 03:44 PM

Welcome, and compliments on a great first box. One of the most difficult things to master in box making is getting the proportions and wall thickness right. Too thin looks emaciated; too thick looks clunky. But there is so much variety and style choices that box making can be really addictive. (Me, case in point.)

Keep making them. I’ll be looking for the next post.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 07:02 PM

Very nice!!

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 11:37 PM

Gerry, welcome to Lumber Jocks. You have chosen one of the most beautiful woods in the world for this project. Zebra Wood makes a lovely box. Looks like a nice fit on your joints and a fine job on your finish. I hope this is the first of many postings and that you have a warm shop to work in this winter in Chicago. In the interest of sharing, may I offer (below) these ideas and tips about box making. They are arranged by topics. Just click on the blue links. Keep boxing and keep posting.


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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Gerry Lawm

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 06:45 AM

That’s a ton of resources! I will look through all of them. I’m learning a lot from this site. Thanks Big Al!

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#6 posted 09-19-2014 06:43 AM

Gerry, you could add a top to this box using this technique. You could add hinges using this technique. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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The Box Whisperer

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 01:54 PM

I would never have gotten to where I am now without Boxguy. Havent forgotten you Al!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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