Six Little Boxes

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Project by jinkyjock posted 10-19-2014 04:09 PM 2637 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,
this project again involves me trying to use up off-cuts and small stock,
of which I have too much to store in my small space.
I was recently given a box of oak flooring and decided to try and make some boxes,
using the oak flooring and some small off-cuts (under 1ft.).
Rather than just make one box I decided to try a small batch of 6.
Each individual floor plank measured roughly 2ft,
and as I wanted to wrap around the grain direction dimensions came out as follows.
[email protected]×140x75mm
[email protected]×120x75mm.

1st part in the process was marking out cuts on planks and numbering to save confusion as batch progressed.
2nd part was breaking out stock for bottoms (all solid Oak) and trays.
Then these were put into my Plano clamps in batches.

The bodies and bottoms of all the boxes are Solid Oak, 2 with Oak lids and trays.
Trays are half depth (30mm) of inside sitting on inserts, with pocket at bottom.
But I decided to use other woods and finished up with,
2 Ash lids and trays, and 2 in Maple.

I then cut a groove for the bottom in all the planks before cutting to size.
I had made a small crosscut sled with a 45slot for the mitres and this was invaluable.

Then used a method I was shown for gluing mitres.
Slightly overlay mitres a hair, attach masking tape,
and as you flip them over there is slight tension in the joint and it pulls together.
the masking tape you see on the inside edge was to reduce clean-up of excess glue.
Then into a picture-framing clamp.

Trays were made same way but without clamp.
Ash lid was from single piece,
but had to laminate Oak and Maple.
Maple lid and tray.

Ash lid and tray.

Decided to then decorate box sides and lids,
set up table-saw to run a shallow kerf.

Then to the handles which are solid Oak treated with an Ebonising solution.
I decided to slightly off-set them to break up the square lines.

I finished the boxes with 3/4 coats of water based varnish.
To finish I would like thank a couple of LJ’s,
who indirectly helped me to complete this project. Geekwoodworker and Keifer for plans and video dem. of sled. Shipwright for methodology and video of Ebonising.
Thank you for looking.
Any comments/suggestions/questions are welcome.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#1 posted 10-19-2014 06:59 PM

You more than accomplished your task,, they look wondeful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 07:26 PM

Thank you Norm for your kind comments.
Its always gratifying if your projects bear fruit(s).

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 12:50 AM

I agree, they look great! And 6 is ALWAYS better than 1.
As long as you have the grooves cut, why not lay in some thin Walnut strips for a nice contrast?

Anyway, free wood is never a bad thing. Nice project. Who will be the lucky recipients?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 07:05 AM

You made six really nice boxes great with those added kerfs and offset knobs! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 07:42 AM

Thank you Stumpy,
I see you make really nice boxes,
so any input from someone like yourself is much appreciated,
and taken note of.
Might try some inlay with next batch of “Free Wood” boxes.
One is for Niece who gave me flooring, the rest are for sale.

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 07:50 AM

Thank you Candy for your kind comments.
And all made with “free wood & off-cuts”.

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 12:36 PM

Very nicely done. Looks like Santa may be ahead of schedule.

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

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 01:34 PM

Thank you Roger.
Yes, it’s always good to have gift options.

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#9 posted 10-21-2014 04:57 PM

Nicely done. I enjoyed seeing the layout of your process. Thanks for sharing.

-- Are we all Square?

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#10 posted 10-22-2014 07:23 AM

Thank you ThumbHammer.
I feel that laying out the process in a timeline can help me refine it,
and if it’s of benefit to others then all the better.

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#11 posted 12-08-2016 03:28 PM

These are very nice boxes. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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