First stab at a splined box

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Project by Arch94 posted 11-22-2018 08:03 PM 1083 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a birthday present for my Bride, and given I hate wrapping presents, I decided to try my hand at box making. Also used this to check the setup on an 8”, 1950’s-era Craftsman 103 table saw that was my Dad’s and a 12” Task Force POS-1000 miter saw that my father-in-law gave me. The table saw was pretty good, just had to make a few minor tweaks. The miter saw, on the other hand, might as well be a boat anchor. A new Diablo blade and three hours of tinkering and never could get a consistent cut out of it. Anyway…the box is made out of a scraps and wood samples I had laying around. The sides are Alder, the top is redwood, the splines are Brazilian Cherry and fixed an oops with hard maple.

I don’t have a planer, otherwise, I would have planed the body and top down to 5/8 or 1/2. The 3/4 material is a bit heavy for this size box. Pretty straight forward project until I went to cut the top loose. I lost track of what I was doing watching Jack, my neighbor’s 5# rabbit chase my 50# Boxer around, and made the first cut too deep. Finished cutting it off and, not having any alder left, cut a small strip off a sample of hard maple and glued it in place.

Sanded to 250, and finished with a couple coats of shellac and paste wax.

Thanks to Boxguy for posting his Boxland tips. Those were a big help.

-- I don't have ducks, I don't have rows. I have squirrels, and they're off their medication.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-22-2018 11:35 PM

Nice box. We all have mistakes but coming up with a good repair is the woodworking trick. You did well!!

Cheers,, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-23-2018 02:21 AM

Fridge will love this! Well done.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 11-23-2018 03:36 PM

I looked and I saw an attractive box. Like Jim said, quick thinking is sometimes the right tool

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 11-23-2018 04:26 PM

It’s a good-looking box. Are you saying you didn’t mean to have the hard maple insert? ;-) I thought it was a “wear strip,” perhaps.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Charlie H.

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#5 posted 11-23-2018 10:56 PM

When I saw the lid shot I thought the box had a maple liner to capture the lid.

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

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#6 posted 11-25-2018 07:24 AM

Arch, you are welcome. That is a beautiful box. I like your choice of colors and the splines look great. The inset top really adds to the look of your box. Good work.

It looks like you put those tips in my blog to good use. Thanks for the shout out. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 11-26-2018 06:40 PM

Those splines look great!

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