First red oak box using MLCS router bit set

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Project by DaleMaley posted 03-20-2019 09:07 PM 603 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

After making a test box in common pine, I went ahead and made one from red oak.

It took a call to the MLCS technical help desk, for me to figure out how to make multiple passes on the router table for the big bit that makes the box sides. You need to raise the bottom of the bit about 1/4” above the router table top, which leaves a 1/4” high piece of material. This serves as the guide against the fence on multiple passes. I knew I needed extra stock at the top for the ball bearing to ride on, but I had a mental block with respect to adding more stock to the bottom… shown in my Illustration.

Once you get the 2 pieces of molding made on the router table (box sides and feet), building the box goes pretty fast.

I use my old oven at 120F to quickly dry the coats of poly.

I also used Behlen’s grain filler on the lid and the outside of the box. I like the mirror finish it gives.

You can see all my Trials & Tribulations on my woodworking web site.

A dark walnut box with light colored maple feet might be another future project using these MLCS bits.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 03-20-2019 09:24 PM

Great looking box.

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

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