six sided box

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Project by boxman posted 03-29-2009 06:02 PM 5036 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that just about ended up in the trash, first of all i srarted out to make a box that had only 3 sides, i soon found out that the pieces did not fit together, i come to realize that my saw when i read 30 degrees that was the outside angle & not the inside one to give me my triangle shape, so i had some maple & it turned out to be a six sided box. I put the inlay strip on the zebrawood before cutting to size, each side piece was about 3 1/8” wide & 3” high , put together it is 5 1/2” across. I had a beautiful piece of maple burl that i used for the top, the photo with the lid oped i propped the lid open to show inside, the back view shows the brass pin hinges & maple bottom, so what turned out to be almost a disaster turned out ok,i used shellac on the inside & a wipe-on poly for the outside, this was a fun project but i’m still going to make that 3 sided box when i figure it out.
thanks for looking – john

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 06:13 PM

I looked at the photos before reading the back story. I thought it looked great and was the intended design.

Nice save in my opinion.

Nice work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 06:57 PM

Very very nice box.
Correct the mistake with style!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 07:03 PM

Yes, nice save. Great lid for that one. Turned out good in the end.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 11:07 PM

Beatiful box unique design.



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#5 posted 03-30-2009 12:09 AM

I looked at the photos before reading too. sorry you made such a gorgeous mistake :-)) Looks great to me!! If you cut on the other side of the blade, you should get a triangle instead of a hexagon, I think?? :~))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-01-2009 02:34 AM

when i cut the wood using my crosscut sled i set the angle on my saw at 60 degrees thinking that it’s 30 degrees from the verticle so that angle has to be 30 degrees but you know … it’s NOT , the lowest angle my saw setting will go is 45 degrees ?? I’m still in the dark. —john

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-01-2009 03:09 AM

When you have your blade set where you got the 6 sided box, use the pieces from the other side of the blade; i.e., the waste side for the hexagon box is the keeper side for the triangle box. The 30 plus 30 is 60 degrees and you need 6 to get 360. 60 plus 60 is 120 and you need 3 to get to 360.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-02-2009 02:54 AM

thanks I’ll give it a try,—john

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#9 posted 04-02-2009 03:18 AM

Boxman, when I built the flag display box that I posted under “An Honor and a Privilege” well, that’s a three sided box. I found it easier to think “inside the box”, in that case 90, 45, and 45 degrees. It was a little mind bending (at least for me), but I think if you’re looking for an equilateral box, you’ll be trying for 60’s all the way around (on the inside angle). If I was going to attempt it, I’d do it the same way I did for the forty fives on that box. I used conventional box joints but tapered the throats of the joints to the desired angle, again using the inside measurements as a reference and the pieces themselves to mark it with the proper angles. I left the fingers overlong and rounded them all lastly. Hope this helps, it can be confusing stuff! And great job on all your work! Michael C.

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

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#10 posted 04-20-2011 09:21 PM

If you had said anything we would have still thought it was agreat idea. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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