Simple Lift lid Box

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Project by mkrok posted 03-05-2010 10:53 PM 1782 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So as some of you may know I’m getting back into woodworking after a long layoff. Starting out with boxes so I made this one from ””Basic Box Making Doug Stowe

I started out with enough material for 4 boxes. Ended with one that kid of sucks. The miters are close but need to be better. I must have used the wrong blade for the miter keys; the kerf looks like a vampire bat, with the teeth comming down on both sides. I need a blade that will cut a flatter botton. I think I used an ATB blade but I need to check. Also messed up the fit on the top. I was sneaking up on the fit and after about 12 passes I got lazy and cranked up blade up too high. Oh well, I guess I need to show a bit more patience. It now resides as a tea box in my kitchen, until my wife sees it. Then its for sale !!!!

For the record – hardwood birch for the sides (from the old bookcase), found walnut for the top and mitel keys. That walnut is a blog post in itself. Maybe I’ll write it tonight.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 11:12 PM

Cute Little Box, Would look good with a knob of some sort

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 01:33 AM

Are there many little projects in that book? I would be interested to know. I also want to try some boxes. I have the taunton complete illustrated guide but I am not that great at pattern making and would like guidance.

I absolutely love miter keys. Yours are great.

I don’t think you need a knob at all. Simple is nice and the walnut grain on the top is very pretty.

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 01:40 AM

nice little box

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 03:19 AM

Cute little box. Have been wanting to get that book and try some designs. What did you think of the book?

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 05:11 AM

Well that’s a pretty good job.My first few boxes didn’t turn out as good. I got Doug’s book last year and really enjoyed it. I’m pretty new to woodworking and teaching myself. I think boxes are a good way to practice our skills. I had the same problem with the splines and an ATB blade the only FTB blade I could find was a Freud full kerf which also might be better since it ’s 1/8” kerf would be easier to fit the splines. I posted a project the other day of a three tier in-box that uses splines. You can find the plans in a previous Woodsmith magazine. If you want I can get that info to you.

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 06:02 AM

I say thats a nice box you made.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 06:04 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments on the box.
I do like Stowe’s book, there are a few small projects in there along with some larger boxes. Although, I tend to look at all boxes as “small” projects. I like the book and own the DVD. I will write a blog with a full review.

I did have plans for one box to have a pull, and another to use dowel pins instead of miter keys. However, I destroyed 3 of the 4 boxes during construction and this is what I was left with. Maybe I’ll try this one again.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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