Curved top boxes

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Project by Warren posted 03-13-2018 01:04 AM 3963 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished something for my first post here.
These are curved top boxes that could be used for jewelry, candy, or whatever. The box on the right was a test piece that I made out of 2X4’s re-sawn to 3/8” thick; overall it is 10” X 5” X 4”. The top was milled on a router jig from a 2X6 and has a radius of curvature of about 12.5” and is about 3/8” thick. The dovetails were cut on a router table using a dovetail jig that I designed for small boxes and trays using a straight ¼” cutter for the pins, and 5/16” 8 deg. dovetail bit for the tails. Was looking for a sort of minimalist look, so no hinges, just a ¼” ball bearing set in counter-sinks at the back edge of the top and the box sides – barely visible in one of the pics (won’t do that again). The other box on the left was made from birch milled from some large branches trimmed from a backyard tree. Same approach as with the other box, but radius of curvature of the top is about 6”, and I used 1/8” brass pins for the hinges. Overall dimensions are 8 ¾ X 5 ¾ X 4”

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 01:31 AM

Really nice work and fun to look at.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 01:57 AM

Good looking boxes.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 02:10 AM

I love those boxes, the wood, the workmanship, and I hope to do some myself!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 08:54 AM

Good looking little boxes!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 11:57 AM

This is a great looking box hard to believe it’s made from 2×4s.very nice work, especially for a test piece.


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#6 posted 03-13-2018 02:53 PM

Very nice. 2X4s…..go figure. Isn’t it amazing where one finds beauty in wood. I just realized I have way more wood to make boxes than I did before viewing your project. Thanks for sharing!!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 04:03 PM

Both are great looking boxes. I like seeing what people can salvage from tree trimmings and you did an excellent job on the birch and pine boxes. Thanks for posting.


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#8 posted 03-13-2018 08:01 PM

These boxes are so nice and beautifully done. I like the design and the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 03-14-2018 01:55 AM

Wow, they look very nice…..GREAT job!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#10 posted 03-14-2018 02:03 AM

Very cool. Hope to see more soon.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 07-11-2018 11:19 PM

I have made a few more curved top boxes, and a new router apparatus for milling the curved tops. The larger boxes here are Jewelry box sized, and smaller ones are for garlic/shallots. Material came from large birch or oak tree limbs from backyard.

The router jig is shown in the last three diagrams/photos

The 1/2 hp Sears router motor is 50+ years old; I used a 3/4” bowl type router bit with milling the tops

The concave/convex radius of curvature can be adjusted from about 4” to about 12”. Depth of cut for each pass is independently adjustable and I generally table off about .05” or less per pass. The box joints were cut on a screw driven carriage with DRO used on a router table. Finish is MinWax fast drying poly sprayed on with an ancient DeVilbiss spray gun.

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#12 posted 08-13-2018 10:15 PM

brilliant and beautiful!

-- --- Happy Howie

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#13 posted 08-14-2018 01:48 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

I realize my summary was pretty brief, so if anyone has questions or would like further information, I would be happy to oblidge.


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