Pine and red oak scrap wood box

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Project by jack1 posted 02-14-2010 03:40 AM 3330 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As much as I like butt and mitered joints, I finally decided to learn to use my set of Box Joint blades from Freud. I had to first make a jig to cut 1/4” pins and practiced with some “real” scraps to get the hang of it. I screwed up my first box by going too quickly. This is my second effort (betta). The main box has some wild figured pine I’ve been saving that has fish eyes, flecks and other interesting serpentine features. I used a small sheet of 1/4” maple plywood rabbeted into the bottom and a red oak top. I mounted the top with a piano hinge and brass chain to hold it upright. I put a brass fish knob to go with the fish eyes in the wood. I am happy with the tight joints and will try the 3/8” size after a make a jig for that size. (dimensions: 10 1/2” x 10 1/2” x 5 1/4”) Hope you like it!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 03:42 AM

Nice work jack

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 03:51 AM

good work love the joinery

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 03:58 AM

Hey, I was wondering if anyone else had put these 2 woods together and what it might look like. Nice job.

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 04:01 AM

looks great , jack .

good work on the joints ,
nice and tight !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-14-2010 04:56 AM

Sharp looking box. Some may laugh but I like pine very much.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 06:29 AM

Very nice box. Fantastic work on the joints.

Keep it up.


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

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 07:06 AM

nice box

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 10:37 AM

This is a fabulous box.
You have mastered the box joint.
Really looks nice !! : )


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#9 posted 02-14-2010 07:47 PM

nice joints…

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 09:22 PM

Thanks for the compliments.
I was in a coffee shop the other day talking to my buddy about trying to make some tight joints and the police officer in the next booth did a ‘cartoon’ double take! I quickly made sure my next sentence included the words pine, oak and dovetails in it… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 10:00 PM

Great box, nice and tight job, well made.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 03:15 PM

Very appealing traditional box.
Good story about the “tight joints”.
Thx for sharing

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