Box-joint bracelets

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Project by JoeinDE posted 01-01-2010 07:41 PM 2619 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these as Christmas presents for female family members. The left one is maple. The right front is poplar and redheart. The right back is purpleheart and monkeywood (I think). I bought a box and cut-offs and scraps from an on-line wood dealer and there were many different pieces from species with which I am not familiar. The design was following Scrappy’s project posted a few months back.
I used a similar jig to hold the small pieces for routing the box joints. Each individual link is 3/8” x 1 1/8” x 1” and the box joints were cut with a 3/8” straight bit. The shaping was done on an inverted belt sander clamped in my front vice. The finish on all three is wipe-on poly. The pins are 1” brads secured with gorilla glue. It ended up being a lot of work for some small projects, but it was worth it since all of the recipients really liked them.


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#1 posted 01-01-2010 07:53 PM

How Cool !

I don’t think I have seen these before.

Nice Job.

Doug in AZ

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 07:58 PM

I love the handmade items for Christmas. they will always outlast the store bought gifts in memory’s. the gigs you used to make the links are great too.

-- Erik

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 08:10 PM

Cool design Joe

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 08:20 PM

Awesome Job!!! I have made a few of these, they can be a lot of work.

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 09:04 PM

Another neat idea. Well done. From the pictures I can’t figure out how the clasp works. What keeps that pin from falling out?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 09:43 PM

Rich – the lobster clasp has a small eye on the other end. I embedded that in the end of the piece and used a 1/4” nail with a diameter small enough to go through that eye to hold in the clasp. A little gorrilla glue and it is nice and snug.


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#7 posted 01-01-2010 11:36 PM

Joe, I’m glad all the ladies loved them and I sure hope they appreciate all the work that must have gone into each one. Great idea, great job! sure have more patience then I do.( I made cutting boards for my family members). lol

-- John @

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 05:44 AM

Fantastic job. Thank you for the recognition. I am glad that the blog was helpfull to others. I like the way you used different woods in the same bracelet. It makes the joints stand out more.

Keep up the wonderfull work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 10:05 PM

I know those were a lot of work. Like Huff said, ”you sure have more patience then I do.” Nice job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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