Mystery Wood Box with Poplar Splines

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Project by SJWoodCreations posted 02-22-2016 09:12 PM 2600 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was another step in the process of reducing my ever-growing pile of cutoffs. I have no idea what kind of wood the sides of the box are, feel free to comment if you do. It was the last piece of a large board that my dad was throwing out when cleaning his garage, and I’ve since milled it up to use in several small projects.

The box is pretty simple in construction. I mitered the four sides and cut dadoes for the top and bottom panels (6mm birch plywod) before gluing up. Then I cut the slots for the corner splines (with my newly constructed spline jig), cut a narrow strip of poplar for the spline material, and glued them in. After cutting the excess spline material off, I took it to the router table and put a chamfer on all the edges. Then I cut the lid off the box and put smaller chamfer on the cut edges. I applied some wipe-on poly, installed some cheapo hinges from Lowes, and lastly, put the felt liner in.

It’s not the most exciting box, but I like taking a piece of material that might otherwise be a throw-away and turning it into something nice. Thanks for looking!

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 10:12 PM

Sam, nice solid build. Looks like you have mastered all the basic techniques for building boxes. Just as a matter of taste, I prefer roundover bits to chamfer bits on the corners and edges, but you have a nice variety here. The wood could be Pecan. but it is tough to tell with the lighting in the photos. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 10:27 PM

Big Al, thanks for the comment. I thought it might be pecan too from looking at pictures, but it’s fairly soft, which leads me to believe that it’s something else.

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#3 posted 02-23-2016 01:14 AM

I think a mystery wood is fun!

Nice neat design and very nicely made too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 02-23-2016 05:39 AM

Sam, you might want to look at this and this. just for an idea or two.

-- Big Al in IN

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