Boxguy's Knot So Perfect Box

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Project by Boxguy posted 11-13-2016 07:41 AM 3548 views 11 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for looking. A special thanks to all of you in Lumberland who take the time to make comments. ask questions, or give suggestions. I do reply to all your comments so check back for feedback. It is your comments that make doing these postings worthwhile.

Pictured: This is a six-sided box (13 L x 7 W x 4 1/2 H) with a Black Cherry top and quarter inch corner splines and Anegre sides. The tray (8 1/4×6) also has Anegre sides and 1/8 inch cherry splines.

Story: A friend asked me to make jewelry boxes for his wife and two daughters for Christmas. He wanted the three boxes to be similar, but not just alike. So I kept the same shape for all three, but varied the sizes slightly, and used different woods in each box. I may post the other boxes later.

Construction Hints: One of the joys of boxmaking is taking imperfect wood and celebrating its imperfections. I love knots, though they can be a pain to finish and work with. I have better luck with knots if I stabilize them first with super glue. Just completely soak the knot and the place where it joins the rest of the wood with thin, runny superglue. After one side dries, turn it over and soak the back side too. With this treatment I have an easier time planing, sanding and finishing the project.

Focus: Lining your boxes with cloth or leather will add a little pizzazz to your project, but it is difficult to fit the cloth exactly as you glue it in. This box has a rail at the front and the back to let the tray slide back and forth. When I installed these rails I put a 1/8 inch removable spacer under them so there would be a small space under each of them. Now, when I want to glue my cloth in the bottom, I have some “wiggle room” in the bottom and it makes fitting the cloth liner much easier. I can make fine adjustments before the glue sets. (Look here for hints about cutting cloth liners.)

Speaking of glue I recommend that you make a trip to your local fabric store and buy Sticky Glue or Mod Podge glue from them. Fabric glue is very thick and tacky. It has a slower drying time and won’t soak through the fabric like carpenter’s glue is apt to do.

Used suede clothing at Goodwill or the like is a cheap source of liner material. Ultra-suede is also a possible material. Remnants from fabric stores is another possible source of liner stock. Leather stores also my have some smaller left over scraps that will fit in boxes. Furniture stores may have outdated fabric books that they will give or sell to you. These swatches are often big enough to act as liners.

I wish you well with your Christmas projects. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 11-13-2016 07:44 AM

It’s really breathtaking, you really have a way with design and finishes.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 11-13-2016 10:27 AM

Al, first, I’m struck by the finger notch – the wing-ed flare in it stes the whole piece on another level.
Secondly: The balance struck by the lid/splines set against the tone of the body is proof of a gifted eye.
Thirdly: Does the box have feet that suspend it in air, or did you simply set t on something hen you photographed it? I’ve always had a fetish, of sorts, for boxes that seem to hover above that upon which they sit.
Now, lest you think me overly obsequious:
The piano hinge breaks the flow. That said, it’s a phenomenal piece of work. Coming from a schlub like me, that must be high praise, indeed.
Overall, I have nothing but the highest regard for your work.
(That, and $2.69 at Denny’s, will get you a cup of coffee.)
Oh, and thanks for the tips on linings. I read the blog you posted four years ago on your cutting box. Very inventive, are you. Speaking of attention to interior detail, I wonder: Are you familiar with

-- Mark

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#3 posted 11-13-2016 12:04 PM

The knot is a nice feature on this box. Thanks for the suggestion on how to stabilize. The shape of the box is really unique and the splines are a great accent. I haven’t added a lining to any of the boxes I have made…maybe the next one. Thanks for sharing – hope you post the other two boxes in the set

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#4 posted 11-13-2016 01:31 PM

Al, congratulations are due already because this is a top 3 for sure. I absolutely love the 22.5 degree angled fronts, and the thanks for all the additional tips on the interior linings.

great job as always, good luck on all the Xmas projects you do this year.

p.s.-be sure to post the other 2 boxes!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 11-13-2016 01:36 PM

Hey, Al,
Nice one…....nice mix of wood tones and the liner, too. The longe splines accent and highlight the corners, as well.
You are still the master of the piano hinge….......

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 11-13-2016 01:57 PM

Love the box and the knot.

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#7 posted 11-13-2016 02:00 PM

Very nice, the knot adds a unique element that grabs the eye.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 11-13-2016 02:01 PM

Six and eight sided boxes are something I always enjoy looking at. This is beautiful. Nice work Al.
Time for me to start using up some of my stock and build one again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 11-13-2016 03:09 PM


Jerry, thanks. As always it is great to hear from you. Patience is the key to most finishing. Hope your shop made sander is doing well.

Mark, thanks for the excellent and detailed critique. As to the question, yes, I put a block of wood under the box when I photoed it. That seems to help the bottom portion of the sides get less glare. When I want to give a box more of a floating look, I round off the bottom. It shows in this box.

As to the piano hinges, I know there are better hinges, you are right about it letting the box down. I just can’t afford to put $30 to $50 into hinges for the boxes I sell. Very few of my buyers know the cost of hinges and don’t seem to be willing to pay for them if they do. On a practical level these hinges work well and keep the lid aligned. Art does meet practicality in the market place. I sell boxes to support my tool habit. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Comment: I will continue to reply to comments the other six comments later. Now, it is time for me to go to church.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 11-13-2016 03:18 PM

Beautiful box, boxguy! The photography and lighting are exceptional.

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#11 posted 11-13-2016 05:27 PM

That’s a honey of a box, right there. Plenty of interesting details that work together well. Bravo!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 11-13-2016 05:29 PM

Absolutely beautifully stunning and great craftsmanship! Another amazing creation Boxguy, well done.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#13 posted 11-13-2016 05:34 PM

Hello Boxguy

Very beautiful

All is inthe details and the finished

The design is awesome

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 11-13-2016 06:40 PM

Looks perfect to me. Great looking box. Keep up the good work.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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#15 posted 11-13-2016 06:54 PM

Wow! Al, this box is so creative and it’s absolutely beautiful. Your craftsmanship is superb.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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