A Little Business Card Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 01-15-2020 04:59 AM 1105 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built a lot of my tool storage boxes like this with lock miters on all edges but I don’t have a lock miter bit here in Arizona nor a good fixture to hold the parts from moving during the cut.

I started making my boards by slicing a log on the table saw and planing them to 5/16”. The wood looked a bit like oak but there are no oak trees around here. It had a ton of worm tracks in it and I could not cut them all out so there is some turquoise inlay in the tracks in the top

I had to make a sled for the miter cuts so the small pieces could be held still during the cut. It is in the 4th photo.

I glued the sides, top and bottom together at one time using a bungee cord and some blocks around the sides and a weight on top. Then I cut the shape along a line of a french curve.

It is 4 3/8” x 4 3/8 and 3” high and finished with Danish oil and satin poly.

The piece of stone used for a sort of book end for the cards is tiger eye. It is cut in the shape of an elongated obelisk with 20 degree cuts on both ends and 10 degree cuts on the sides and is polished up to 1200 on a set of diamond wheels we have in the shop. Below is a photos of the tiger eye stone:

Cheers, JIm

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

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#1 posted 01-15-2020 06:32 AM

Well, that’s very nice, Jim. You’re equipped for cutting stones? That’s new.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 06:35 AM

And, because, evidently you don’t know:

There are Oaks in Southern AZ. Just not Oaks you’re used to seeing.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 06:38 AM

Just great! Don:t be surprised if I steal your idea

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-15-2020 12:18 PM

nice box jim. not sure why you always fill the worm tracks – people around here seem to view them as character to the piece

-- 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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#5 posted 01-15-2020 12:37 PM


Love that sled! Gotta build me one…

I really like the box construction!! Boxes of all sizes are good sellers in a store like mine – carved, engraved, painted – you name it!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#6 posted 01-15-2020 01:50 PM

Beautiful Jim. I like the box but I REALLY like the sled :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 01-15-2020 02:16 PM

Interesting project Jim, nice work! ! The stone is a nice touch too and if I may…. copy your nice sled!

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

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#8 posted 01-15-2020 02:46 PM

Really unusual!

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#9 posted 01-15-2020 02:59 PM

Jim, nice box. Very rich color in the box, and insane color in that piece you show as a sliced wedge shape. Whatever that stuff is, it’s sweet.

That little straight/angled 45 sled is a winner. Making a potentially difficult cut into an easy one. Not just safe, but smart. That thing will likely get copied a few times.

Great post, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 01-15-2020 04:54 PM

Turquoise inlay is awesome. Is it a tinted resin pour? I have a broad leaf maple board riddled with tracks. Wouldn’t mind filling some of them.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#11 posted 01-15-2020 07:54 PM

Nice Box. Like the sled too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 01-15-2020 09:12 PM

The coolest part of that box is the way you cut it in half. I would of just made a straight cut. I have to keep that in mind for my next box. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 01-15-2020 09:43 PM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-15-2020 10:12 PM

Nice little “card” box… Better than what I’m using…

Thanks for the idea…


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 01-16-2020 12:52 AM

Awesome lid contour on your card box Jim…nice work sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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