Mequite and Hickory Hand Cut Mitered Box

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Project by MrWolfe posted 07-23-2019 10:18 PM 727 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box number 14 in my recent box building venture. It is mesquite with hickory/reclaimed pallet wood. I also used cedar on the inside of the lid. I like elements of my boxes to have similar features so the pull on the top of the lid is shaped from the arcs cut from sides of the bottom frame. It was all cut to rough size with japanese razor saws and then the miters were planed down to 45 degrees with my L.V. Smoothing plane and the miter shooting board I’ve built. I had thought about using splines to reinforce this hand cut mitered box but the mesquite bottom and top have very tight rabbits cut into them that the box fits into so I don’t think the miters will fail. Now that I think about it the lid is definitely hickory but the box sides with the dark figuring are another reclaimed pallet wood. I’m not sure what species it really is.

I’ve been experimenting with wipe on blends for finishes and this one is an oil based one. It is roughly 1/3 each of tung oil, boiled linseed oil and oil based satin poly… thinned a little with mineral spirits. It took a day or two longer to dry than I’m used to with the water based finishes I’ve been using but it was a nice natural look.
I then put amber shellac (maybe a little too amber) and hit it with #0000 steel wool and then Johnson’s Paste Wax.

I designed it on the fly so there were little issues that arose that I had to problem solve.
All and all I’m happy with it. It would be nicer if it was larger. Maybe sometime the future I’ll make a bigger one.
It is roughly 8 inches long by 4 inches deep and 4 inches tall.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-23-2019 10:48 PM

Sharp looking box! Hope the miters hold up for you!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 11:13 PM

Thanks Dave.
On the box I think they will. If there is joint failure on the base or top then I will put splines and fix it. I’d like to try my hand at hand cut splines with the Dozuki japanese pull saw I’ve been using lately. I will try that on the next mitered box build. Time will tell on this box.

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 11:22 PM

Hi Jon

This may become a learning vehicle for you. Any way you shake them out plain mitered corners are end grain joints, so they do what they do. I, like Dave hope yours stay tight. I like the box, it isn’t run off a router edged, looks a little whittled. It does have a nice warm finish. It gives it a country look.

Boxes are fun, and they get done pretty quick, so they can be addictive. Play with your joinery as you go and they can become great tools to tweak your skills. So many ways to make a box, and so many joints you can use. So far you are touching on a lot of them. Keep making.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 07-24-2019 03:51 PM

Jon, I really like the design of this box. It’s almost like a cartoon caricature of a box with all it’s bulbous shapes and curves. Very cool.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 07-24-2019 03:55 PM

love the shape of the curves and the wood combo is great.nice work mr wolfe.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 07-24-2019 04:07 PM

Thanks John and Pottz,
It is kind of cartoonish and maybe a bit garish… LOL.
I had fun with it and I will probably be adding more curves to more of my builds.
I do like breaking up the straight lines a bit.

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#7 posted 07-24-2019 07:37 PM


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

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#8 posted 07-24-2019 10:14 PM

I like this enough to have saved pictures of it. I like that you made the handle from the cut away scrap. Very cool box.

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#9 posted 07-24-2019 10:20 PM

Thanks for the great compliments Ralbuck and Dannmarks.
I appreciate them.

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#10 posted 07-25-2019 12:11 AM

It’s nice, but it’s not a mitre box. Perhaps the title should be “Mesquite & Hickory Box With Hand-Cut Mitres.”

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#11 posted 07-25-2019 12:30 AM

It s nice, but it s not a mitre box. Perhaps the title should be “Mesquite & Hickory Box With Hand-Cut Mitres.”

- Phil32

Been trying to hold my tongue, but it seems like every one of your comments you find something negative to say.
I feel for you.

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#13 posted 07-25-2019 12:47 AM

Wonderful looking box; I wish I could get my mitres to look like that

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#14 posted 07-25-2019 02:01 AM

That is an amazing design. Your choice of woods is really something else. Very nicely done.

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#15 posted 07-25-2019 02:14 AM

Thanks Cowboyup3371 and BurlyBob,
I do appreciate your comments.
Cowboyup3371, I use a japanese Dozuki pull saw, I find it very precise and easier to use than a western saw. I then clean up the miters on the miter shooting board I built using a L.V. smoothing plane. I’ve put a link to the shooting board in the top of this page.
Jon in Texas

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