Another Box - WITH SPLINES

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Project by robscastle posted 05-30-2018 10:44 PM 1589 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I have dedicated to Boxguy. ... as a token of appreciation of his spline box signature work.
Along with Tooch Al has encouraged the use of splines in his reviews of our projects.

So I decided to “gittoit” and fullfil my promise to use splines in a box.

The timber is just a humble piece of a pallet bearer which exibited some nice features so I used it.
The splines are New Guinea Rosewood.
The lid, body of the box, and base were made as individual parts and assembled as one.
This is NOT a recommended way to build boxes BTW.

The hardware is brass plated hinges and catches.
The finish was achieved with sanding to 360 grit, then polishing with white compound and finally a spray can of clear finish. Its got a few “clinkers” in it but OK for a first time.
The construction details and dilemma are documented in a blog for those interested.
The dedication notice is my form of recognition for the encouragement and many build details that Al has posted on this site.

The tree the box is sitting in is an Elephant Ear Tree for those curious.

Thank You.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-30-2018 10:56 PM

Great looking project,

-- rounder: I’m a wood magician I can turn a great piece of wood into scrap right before your eyes

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#2 posted 05-30-2018 11:50 PM

Very pretty

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 05-30-2018 11:51 PM

That ended up being a nice looking box, Rob. And it sounds like you learned a lot along the way, too.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-31-2018 12:35 AM

Nice looking little box rc. The hardware, splines and finish give a resurgence for pallet bearers.

Looking closely at the pictures, I hope you don’t plan to use it as a bird house…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 01:41 AM

A nice looking project and a great tribute to these fellow woodworkers.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 04:33 AM

Thanks , rounder, hunter71, Dave Polaschek, LBD and woodbutcherbynight.

Just wait until Boxguy spots it, ... as I almost had to twist his arm to get him to let me use the image!!

LBD, simply in the tree for good picture taking effect no intention to make it a fixture.

The Rosellas are nice but not that nice.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 04:46 AM

Good looking box with good grain. The finish you used made the grain pop out. Great job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 07:14 AM

Besides very nice box, you made very good photo with awesome background.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-31-2018 01:35 PM

Nice tribute and neat box Rob!

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#10 posted 05-31-2018 01:42 PM

a very nice box you have built Rob …. like the lid a lot …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 05-31-2018 01:47 PM

Nicely done sir.


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#12 posted 05-31-2018 02:51 PM

This box is a real beauty and the wood is so nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 05-31-2018 07:39 PM

Cool! Try dove tail splines next.

-- Petey

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Charlie H.

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#14 posted 06-01-2018 12:10 AM

Boxguy has helped and influenced me quite a bit.
Since I was very comfortable using box joints I don’t know if I would have tried mitered corners with splines without his encouragement.
While I am not as committed to mitered corners as Al is, it’s really nice to have that design option ready to go.

Rob, I like your box.
Nice job.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#15 posted 06-01-2018 01:04 AM

Thanks fellow LJs.

Mel52: The timber first caught my eye even as rough sawn and then after polishing wow.

Majuvla: I always try to get the best presentation and the Elephant ears looked good.

splintergroup: Thank you.

GR8HUNTER: I think the lid makes it stand out I was going to add an insert on the top but decided against it.

The Jolly Carver: Thank you.

Helluvawreck: The wood was lying in my pallet repair stash the colour caught my eye and the rest is history.

Peteybadboy: I checked out your dovetail spline work projects and it looks like the next process for me to learn.

Charlie H. Alan is very talented and very humble hence the recognition in the lid is well deserved, I agree with you I would not have done the method either without his encouragement and detailed process blogs.

-- Regards Rob

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