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Project by DaleMaley posted 03-17-2019 05:11 PM 384 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4 years ago, I bought 2 new router bits from MLCS to make fancy decorative boxes. I also bought a Merlin steel clamp with the kit. I have used the Merlin clamp many times…...........but I forgot to try out the box making bits. So, I decided to try them out.

Since there are 3 new router bits involved with this project (sides, foot, and fancy lid edge), I decided to build an experimental box from common pine first…........then later make them red oak, mahogany, or maple.

MLCS has a free downloadable PDF plan for making boxes, but I found it to be very little help.

I learned quite a few things on this project, including how to use the 3 new router bits, finding hinges that would work, gluing down the felt with regular Titebond II glue, etc.

I hate finishing pine because you get such a blotchy finish. On the last furniture projects I did in pine, I painted on a brown stain like it was paint, and I liked that finish…........so I used that technique to finish this pine box.

You can read about my Trials & Tribulations on my woodworking web site, and there were plenty of them :)

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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sheilatequila

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 06:41 PM

I really like the shape achieved with those bits, I’m going to look them up.
Have you ever tried flocking instead of gluing down felt? I find it much easier to do.

-- - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 06:51 PM

A very neat box! Well done.

I want to have learned something new everyday of my life!

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

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DaleMaley

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 08:42 PM



I really like the shape achieved with those bits, I m going to look them up.
Have you ever tried flocking instead of gluing down felt? I find it much easier to do.

- sheilatequila

Never tried flocking. I did 1 box with spray glue first, then push down the felt.

On the box today, I squirted on the Titebond II yellow glue, smoothed it with a paintbrush, then pushed down the felt….......it is actually pretty easy with the Titebond…..........with the spray glue, you have to keep the spray directed at the right location, plus it is much tackier than the yellow glue.

thanks

dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 03-17-2019 08:43 PM



A very neat box! Well done.

I want to have learned something new everyday of my life!

- ralbuck

I learned quite a few new things on this project…....especially using the very tall new router bit for the sides of the box!

thanks

dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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DaleMaley

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#5 posted 03-20-2019 01:42 PM

The biggest think I learned on this project was with respect to the big contoured bit that makes the box sides. To be able to make this molding in multiple passes on the router, one must not only leave extra stock on the top for the guide bearing, but one must also raise the bottom of the bit about 1/4” above the router table, to leave some material to go against the fence to keep the piece vertical on multiple passes.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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