Maple Memory Box

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Project by itsmic posted 10-12-2010 09:12 PM 2328 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone Back at it again with some maple boxes, this is one I made to donate to a local volunteer agency that does lots of great things for the local community, the box will be part of a yearly dinner and auction they will hold on the 22nd of this month. The box is one of three I am making, one to donate, one to Cindy, and the third, haven’t decided yet, all are Memory Boxes, not sure what a “Memory Box” should be, but this is my interpretation. I wanted it to be larger, this one is 12X12X5.5” with 4.5 under the lid. I used box joints and this great maple wood “they called it #3 maple), but I think I got some great wood for boxes out of it so far. The lid is a veneered panel with biscuit jointed miters with a blood wood trim. The lid has a lip cut in it to set into the box, and the raised floor is veneered matching the lid. I used two chains, and some thick brass hinges, with WP stamped on them, I like them at 12 bucks a pair, they are very rugged and precise, .075” thick. The finish is natural stain and sealer then two coats of poly, second one being as thick as I can lay one coat, this saves me from a third, which usually is the case. Lots of work to get done before the snow hits around here, so, I better get some of it done. Lots of fun sharing the wood projects here on Lj’s.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 09:31 PM

Good work. (Itself now I try to do something similar)

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 09:37 PM


-- Vince

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 09:39 PM

Beautiful combination of woods.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 11:17 PM

Really nice job. Do you use any particular jig for your joints?


Charlie, Belton, Mo

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 02:42 AM

Beautiful work, can you share how you do the signature and date stamp? Thanks.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 10-13-2010 04:25 AM

Nice design. The #3 Maple looks fine. I like the wood veneer has some nice figure. Where did you get the hinges? They look like a nice big step up from the cheap Ace Hardware hinges I get, but not the $25.00 price of others.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 10-13-2010 06:06 PM

Hi Everyone Thanks for your nice comments and questions, to answer- Charlie, thanks for asking, I do use a jig for box joints, I have a store bought aluminum jig for dove tail and box joints, it works well for dove tail joints which I think the only way to do them is one at a time, but for box joints, there is a way to do a number at a time. This site gives a basic explanation. You will probably have to look around and find the right jig for your set up, I use the router to cut mine. Using 4 pieces to my jig, not counting clamps. 2 flat boards used to clamp the fence/positioning board between them(6X24X3/4”-mdf or absolute flat plywood)one flat board needs a one inch hole cut at the center on the edge , a fence/positioning board(exactly the thickness as the cutting bit and it’s width being, when it is set on it’s side between the two flat boards, it protrudes above by just shy of the depth of the cut, 4th the spacing board, which is about 3X12X3/4”and is used to space the second series of cuts,(the first being the front and back boards of the box, the second being the sides) The spacing board needs a dado cut in it, set the fence between the flat boards and clamp them on each side, then clamp the whole set up to the router table, adjust the fence to make a cut exactly the width of the bit from the edge of the spacing board, run the spacing board against the fence, and make the cut, this gives an exact distance equal to the width of the bit, when making the cut for the sides, set the spacing board over the fence/positioning board creating a fence to use for the second cuts. Now you can cut 20 boards at a time, make sure they are all perfectly the same size, them clamp them all together and make all your cuts, the block of box fronts and backs makes for a sturdy clean cut, really the first cut of the series is the only one that You have to make sure of a perfect cut, the rest are guided by the positioning fence, and away you go. Sorry for the long winded explanation, I don’t know what site I found some of this stuff on, my system is a combination of several ideas, there is probably a better way, but, usually better means a lot of money, which I don’t have.

Jim the logo stamp I made by drawing it first, then taking a picture of it using a tripod, then loading it on the computer on software that enables you to clean up the edges, then printed the result, used free hand to clean up and alter the image as wanted, then repeated the process on the computer, then just faxed the image to the branding iron site, and they made it for me,I used 100 bucks, there are several good branding iron sites

Robert the hinges I got from Paxton Hardware, Po Box 256 Upper Falls, MD 21156, they have a few items that can be used in small box making. They came with flat/straight head solid brass screws, which I don’t like to use, I used solid brass Phillips head. I think they are #4, they are pretty big, I had to cut the ends off of the ones I used for the lid side to accommodate my 3/8th thickness of wood, plus the mortise thins the wood up even more, I have done this with some of the smaller screws as well, I tend to use thin wood for my smaller boxes.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#8 posted 10-13-2010 09:33 PM

Nice looking memory box. If that is #3 maple, I need to find some – it looks great. Someone will be very happy to receive this box, I’m sure!

Great job!


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#9 posted 11-03-2010 05:52 AM

Go Bro:—— I love long-winded explanations. I have a few screws loose but learn all the time. – Herb

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 06:28 AM

Very well done an amazing box I really like your wood choices


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#11 posted 11-05-2010 05:01 PM

Thank You Guys for the nice comments, it’s a real motivator, and I appreciate you all taking an interest, this site is a great place to share, thanks Herb for telling me about lj’s

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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