Box #3

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Project by rjb37 posted 01-31-2015 02:23 PM 1185 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box and the router plane box at the same time. My four square of this one wasn’t perfect but I managed to get box together and it’s square. I was able to plane and fair any minor differences out.

This box is going to daughter #1. I added a cherry flower on the lid that I bought from Lee Valley. I don’t know how to carve but it is on the bucket list.

This box and the router plane box were made the same way. Hand planed the stock to dimension, sawed and chopped the dovetails, made a groove for the lid, planed an astragal on the lid, chiseled a finger grab, and glued a 1/4” piece of plywood to the bottom. Finished both on the outside only, with a bazillion coats of shellac. I made a cherry molding to conceal the plywood edge at the bottom with a beading plane on this box to match the flower. On the router plane box I made the same molding but in pine.

This box won’t be getting a clunky keeper.

-- accidental woodworker

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 03:17 PM

RJB, looks like your are doing a fine job of solving problems and learning as you go. It is a lot of work doing this with hand tools. I like your corner design. Nice work.

Have you considered putting the bottom plywood in a groove and hinging the top? You could plow the groove for the bottom before you did anything else on your original board.

A non-hardware lift like this is possible with hand tools and may start you carving a bit. Sandpaper around a large dowel will tune this up.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 05:48 AM

This one is beautiful too. I like this carved flower on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 10:39 AM

Hi there Boxguy nice to see someone else has a need for a 12 step box program.
I thought of grooving the plywood bottom but I haven’t been able to do it to my satisfaction with hand tools. ie making it stopped and good looking.
I like the sliding lid design I learned from Paul Sellers but have since seen a box made this way from an ancient roman ship wreck over 2000 years old.

-- accidental woodworker

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 10:40 AM

Hi majuvla
I wish I could say that I carved it but it is one skill I haven’t tried yet.

-- accidental woodworker

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