Boxguy Is A Copy Cat

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Project by Boxguy posted 09-06-2018 09:47 PM 2589 views 10 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Pictured is a stand (17” X 11 1/2” X 2 1/2”) for supporting projects you would like to add a finish to. It is made of recycled 1/4” pegboard, 1/2” Anigre sides and 1/4” Black Walnut corner splines. The “box” has three layers. The top is pegboard, the middle is pegboard with holes that align with the top board, the bottom is a solid board that supports the sharpened dowels. The dowels slide through the top board and the middle board and stop at the bottom board. This design allows you to pick up the stand and box and move them around while the finish wet.

Story: Every woodworker knows that putting coats of finish on a project is the most laborious part of the process.
Anything I can do to ease this task helps. So the first task is to use a turntable so you can spin the box while you are applying finish to the outside and the inside. Being able to spin the box is a big help when applying finish.

If you want to speed the process you want to apply finish to all sides. You could make a stand by shooting finish nails through a scrap board and setting the box on the nails. But, if you are a boxmaker where is the fun in nails through a board?

So I copied an idea that Curly Joe posted last month. What I like about this is that you can size it for a large or small box by moving the dowels to any hole. It is truly one size fits all. I made this stand big enough to fit over my turn table. With this set-up I can apply a finish to a box and then move the stand and the box outside to let it dry.

So far I have made two stands. I think two more will do it since I seldom work on finishing more than four boxes at a time. The ironic part was using the first stand to apply a finish to the second stand.

This scrap section of the side will show you the spacing for the top, middle and bottom of this stand.

A spacing of 1” between the two layers of peg board is enough to make the dowel pins stable. The top of the box would be to the right on this scrap.

Construction Hints:

Use two or three dowels in the pegboard holes to stabilize the two pieces when you are sizing them. That way the two layers of holes will align in the final box.

Mark one side of each pegboard so you don’t get confused when you are in the assembly phase.

Cut your spline slots extra deep, because the inside of the box is sealed and the inside of the spline will not show.

Slightly sharpen the bottom of your dowels to help them slide through the two layers of holes.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 09-06-2018 10:11 PM

thanks al youve always got great tips and ideas for us.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 10:17 PM

I’ll have to copy the cool cat. I’ve been using golf tees poked through a couple pieces of cardboard. Yours is much better.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 10:57 PM

I’ve had Joe’s project in the back of my head all this time and now you’ve made one. Ok, I’m on it now. I’ll see if I can make plywood make as good as Anigre.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 11:10 PM

I have the nails through board style of support. Yours is way more better, Al! I like the customizable aspect of it for support of the finishing project. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 11:22 PM

Nice idea from Joe, and a nice implementation from Al. It’s on my list too, but it’ll probably be a couple years before I get to it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 11:24 PM

Your projects how you explain what you are doing and the way you present them are all top notch. I learn so much froyou and it’s not just the woodworking part. Thanks for sharing Al.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 11:54 PM

Great Idea.

Yours is almost too pretty to use though

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 09-07-2018 12:19 AM

Nice! and with a set of much longer sticks placed at the far corners you could put on a “roof” so that you get fewer nibs falling on your newly finished item.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 12:35 AM

Neat deal Al, and tip of the hat to Joe as well. Sometimes the items they want to sell us just aren’t as adjustable as you could get here.

Plus it's a lot better looking

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 01:22 AM

Replies to comments:

Potts, thanks for the kind words. Teaching is what I like to do. Just can’t help myself. That Maloof rocker you built is really a great piece.

Laughing Brook, there is much good to be said for golf tees and cardboard. I have found that surrounding yourself with nice tools and jigs and accessories like this really adds to the pleasure of being in the shop. I think that is why many of the really nice tools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were made to look good as well as work well. I think it helps you take pride in your work.

Kim, it is alway nice to hear from you. I like the drawers you have made for your shop. It is a nice. clean design. I’ll bet you have some scrap around the shop that is not plywood. My scrap just happened to be Anigre and Walnut. The board was not really wide enough for a real box, but worked fine for this project that called for a three inch wide board. This Anigre was part of a shipping carton in a

Candy, judging from your postings and projects, we have similar ideas about wood projects. While your designs are eye-pleasing, they are also practical…they do something. I have a couple of dozen boards with nails through them. I may be able to recycle them now that I have made these stands.

Dave, judging from your tankard and your dust pan projects, I can see why it may take you a couple of years to get around to it. I have just been using it for a month or so, but it really is handy.

Tony, you are no slouch of a poster yourself. I like seeing your posts and the creative ways you use your shop to make pleasing things for your grandchildren. Thanks for the compliments.

ralbuck, if my stand is too pretty to use then your bike is too pretty to ride. I find that doing a nice job on small things for the shop inspires me to do good work on the other things I make with things like this stand. Peddle on.

Swirt, I am fortunate enough to have a finish room, but the idea of a roof is a neat one. I like it. Most of your projects show a flair for using natural wood in creative ways. I like your designs.

Steve. I have some of the pyramids and they are handy for really big projects like cabinet doors. However, I like this stand for boxes and small stuff. It is just fun to build and use it. Thanks for tipping Curley Joe.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 09-07-2018 01:30 AM

That’s a clever tool, well-executed. Nice work as usual, Al.

-- Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 09-07-2018 02:03 AM

Thanks Boxguy. In my years on this forum I have repeatedly enjoyed your work, but somehow I never noticed the time and thought you put into responding to each and every person with a level of detail and appreciation that is as remarkable as your woodworking. Thanks for raising the bar.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 09-07-2018 03:32 AM

Replies to Comments:

Ron, I like your scrap storage. Perhaps that too should be a project for me. All my scraps seem to just get leaned against a shop wall or tool. Thanks for the kind words. They are appreciated.

Swirt, I appreciate your comment. I does take time to respond to comments, but I feel it is only fair to those who take time to leave a message for me. To be honest, replies and answering questions are what I like to do. It is what makes this site fun for me.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 09-07-2018 04:17 AM


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#15 posted 09-07-2018 09:00 AM

Baxguy? a typo there no doubt Big Al?

Regardless of the title a unmistakable signature design there, along with a most practical use as well, I can see why you copied it!

-- Regards Rob

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