Six with clicks

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-01-2016 05:21 PM 3467 views 16 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Six boxes with magnetic latches that sound a double click.

Getting right to the point on my favorite feature, I’ll write about the clicks first. The top’s handle has magnets; the body has a strike plate securing two magnets installed loosely in wells of different depths. The double click sounds as the lid approaches closing and the magnets snap up independently and hit the back of the strike plate.

Now, back to general specifications and build details.
9” x 6” x 4.5” H
Spalted Northwestern Maple front and back
Indiana Walnut sides and stripe in top
Peruvian Walnut floors
Wenge handle
Rare earth magnet latch
Integrated feet
Dovetails cut on the Incra Positioner

Started with 8/4 Walnut and Maple stock:

Resawn and planned to 3/8 for box body, 1/4 for the trays:

Cut parts, dovetailed, cut integrated feet on router table with stop blocks to start and end, dry assembled, shaped inside edges on 1/8 round over router bit with bearing, the floor is not installed in the trays at this point:

Tray parts with green felt, blue velvet or just plain wood (I’m nearing the end of my sheet of Peruvian walnut plywood):

Drilled hole for hinge pin in sides, dry assembled with top, and used hole in sides as drill guide for top: I did better than previous project where I drilled both at once but I still do not like my procedure so any alternative method would be greatly appreciated.

Cut a special drop floor to preserve volume inside of trays and avoid stop dados in the small parts as the plywood was thicker than the space between the pins:

A zoom on the tray parts with the floor flipped:

For the long trays a stopped dado seemed required for strength:

Assembled with glue:

Rounded over the edges on 1/8th round over bearing bit at the router table wherever possible;
Sanded to 220;
4 x Danish Oil; 2-6 x Renaissance Wax (This is my new favorite product; amazing stuff! For all 6 boxes and 29 trays of which I made extra I used only about 10 ml);
Had so many boxes and trays to finish that I built a set of temporary stands (home made painter’s pyramids) using cardboard and golf tees (when they ran out I found that copper roofing nails have an unusually smooth tip).

One of the finished boxes:

The trays are retained by small rails that trap the small ones in the corners and the long one against the front.

I started in September and missed Christmas, so gave them as Happy New Year boxes.

The spalted and twisting grained maple has a look of depth that I cannot capture in a photo.
I cannot say enough good about the combination of Danish Oil and Renaissance Wax. These products allowed me to handle the pieces throughout finishing which significantly reduced time and effort.

Let me know what you think.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 06:09 PM

Lot of boxes! Those corner joints are great. Nice of you to showed u all those photos of how you made it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 10:01 PM

Very nice write up and VERY nice boxes – lotta millwork

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 11:15 PM

Thanks MrLaughingbrook

I liked the boxes (nicely done), I really liked the latches, but most I appreciated the way you shared the entire process with us. Seeing finished work is wonderful, but seeing how people got there fascinates me.

I appreciate your effort documenting this and want to give you a thumbs up for some great boxes.

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 01:17 AM

Those are great looking boxes, and your magnetic latching system is very unique!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 02:42 AM

Cool latches. Cool Boxes. Happy New Year.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 04:08 AM

Great looking boxes. Thanks for sharing the details of your fine work.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 05:27 AM

Great boxes with a very good write up. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 02:15 PM

Great boxes. Great build sheet. I really liked watching the process. I too tackled six boxes for Christmas and I now know what a task that is! Thanks for sharing.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 01-02-2016 04:33 PM

Outstanding boxes! I just learned something new, thanks.

-- Brian in Texas

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#10 posted 01-02-2016 06:38 PM

Beautiful work. I appreciate the documented process as it helps others like me to explore techniques and ideas. Thanks!

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