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Project by littlecope posted 11-22-2008 01:21 AM 1596 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old friend stopped by work a couple months back with a present; A very small box full of very small Cedar scraps from some project and hinted around that it would be nice to have a small box made out of them. Maybe a gift for his wife for Christmas? Anyways, I finally got around to it, did the woodworking one day last week, then pinned it, parted the lid, and applied the finish this week. The top and bottom “fields” are tongue and groove Cedar. This one’s a real cutie, almost makes me wish it was a keeper….

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 11-22-2008 02:10 AM

Cedar is such a pretty wood and this little box shows it nicely.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 11-22-2008 03:57 AM

That is a great box. I love the color and tone of the wood. What size box joints and finish did you use?

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 11-22-2008 04:33 AM

Aye, I like the Look and Smell of Cedar.

Very nice also, I like it, Very well constructed from what I see.

I like the Non Hinge method, means less Fasteners, more stable IMO.

It’s also a good asset for a home of pets, it helps repel Fleas.

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#4 posted 11-22-2008 05:11 AM

Thanks for the kind comments! Chris, I cut the fingers of the box joints individually, with the scroll saw. Any size will do, so long as each mating corner is matched. What I did for this one, for instance, was simply put my steel rule across the width, and tilted the rule until I had a divisable increment of 1/4”. This particular project was a little different because I tried a trick I read about. As I wanted a lidded box instead of hinged, I remembered reading that you can make a lip on the cover and the bottom by sawing halfway through the inside of the sides unassembled, assembling, kicking the saw fence over a blade’s with, and sawing the remaining half way through. So when I thought of the size of the fingers on this one, I made a choice in there somewhere to make one of the fingers, where I wanted the lid to be cut, an 1/8” larger because I’d be losing that from the saw kerf. So I also had to add that to the overall when I marked them with the steel rule. As far as finish, I just used spray-on gloss polyurethane, four coats. Some don’t like the high gloss but I figure they’re not going to look new forever, but should look it when they are….

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-22-2008 05:16 PM

Truly beautiful box from beautiful wood!

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-22-2008 06:13 PM

Beautiful little box, I can smell it from here.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 11-24-2008 01:42 AM

The first thing I noticed was the stepped lip between lid and box… thanks for the extra detail about that.
Looks great. Never would have thought of using the scroll saw for the joinery.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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