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Project by splintergroup posted 03-20-2020 09:37 PM 940 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been quiet in the project section of late (wonder why…)

These are some simple items I decided I needed to stock up on. When doing one, it is good to batch things out for more.
Great opportunity to clear out some narrow cutoffs that have been piling up and use some smaller leftover veneer pieces. Didn’t make a dent 8^)

Designed to hold a standard package of poker cards, still in the wrapped package. The boxes are made form 3/8” stock, 1/8” oak plywood bottoms, 1/4” veneered plywood tops (both sides are veneered), walnut or maple linings.

The corners are mitered and held fast with some 1/8” x 1/4” walnut splines. I now have a thin kerf FTG rip blade so next time I’ll make the splines thinner.
These type of splines are great to have when doing the glue up. Just clamp pressure on the sides, the splines keep everything in alignment.

I created a very workable jig to cut the spline slots quickly and accurately on the table saw, finished all 80 edges in under 10 minutes 8^)

All long edges were chamfered, finish is Watco and paste wax, the top/bottoms have been lacquered before assembly.

The boxes were made as a single piece, then cut in two with a 1/16” kerf 7-1/4” circular saw blade.

Not that anything is very clear in this picture, but the body woods are as follows (top down, left to right)

Walnut, eastern red cedar, curly maple, russian olive, apricot, russian olive, curly maple, salt cedar, ambrosia maple, and jatoba.

Tops are (left/right)
zebrawood/unknown (Imbuya?)

karelian birch/tamo ash

curly maple/birdseye maple

waterfall bubinga/walnut

walnut burl/zircote

Thanks for looking and take care people!





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Jerry

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#1 posted 03-20-2020 09:52 PM

Beautiful boxes! They will be real popular.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 03-20-2020 09:55 PM



Beautiful boxes! They will be real popular.

- Jerry


Unfortunately real popular is a bit too bland of wood for small boxes, some of the faux populars can be quite nice however 8^)

(Sorry Jerry, to corny to pass up!)

Thanks buddy! I hope you and yours are doing well!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 03-21-2020 03:19 AM

Real nice boxes, Bruce. Beautiful wood used too!

Jim

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

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 03-21-2020 04:20 AM

Great boxes. And a nice way to use all those exotic cut offs and a great was to spend your time working and playing during these challenging times.

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 03-21-2020 10:54 AM

They are real nice.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 03-21-2020 11:20 AM

Splintergroup, what is the blade/brand you are using? What is the kerf thickness? I have been trying to find a good 10” thin kerf myself. Thanks in advance

-- Petey

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 03-21-2020 02:02 PM

Thanks for the support Jim, James, Petey!


Splintergroup, what is the blade/brand you are using? What is the kerf thickness? I have been trying to find a good 10” thin kerf myself. Thanks in advance

- Peteybadboy

I bought a Freud 10” x 24T Thin Kerf Rip Blade (LU87R010) but haven’t used it yet to make sure it cuts 8^) (I have a feeling it will). This is a 3/32” thick blade with a flat top grind. I use my rip blades more for producing flat bottom grooves than actual ripping. I’m more concerned about the flat top teeth. Since much of my work has glass added (clock faces, etc.), I need a flat, narrow dado for the 1/8” glass pane thickness. Problem is that 1/8” glass is not really that common. Kind of like plywood, when ever I ask for 1/8” glass (double strength), they give me something that measures in at 3/32”. No problem, I’ll just use a thin kerf blade.

All my 1/8” groove cuts are done with the full kerf version of this same Freud blade. Rips I had done with that blade (thick oak, etc.) all were satisfactory, but I’ve never had another true rip blade to compare with.
Typically I just leave my 40 tooth WWII installed for all cuts on 1” or less stock.

Personally I’m Ok with Freud ( TS and router bits ) as a brand, mid priced, been around for a long time, and for me I get good cuts for the cost.

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kdc68

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#8 posted 03-21-2020 02:08 PM

Beautiful little boxes. The selection of wood and mixture is well done. Beautiful contrast among them all

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 03-21-2020 02:18 PM

Thanks KDC 8^)

Personally I like the darker stuff, but I’ve been learning that things sell better when people have a variety to choose from. Happy to begin clearing out some narrow “scraps”.

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Dark_Lightning

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#10 posted 03-21-2020 04:30 PM

There is some scrumptious figure in some of those boxes! I have a whole bunch of thin pieces of wood (curly maple especially) that I need to find a project for. Do you sell these or give them away?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 03-21-2020 11:24 PM



There is some scrumptious figure in some of those boxes! I have a whole bunch of thin pieces of wood (curly maple especially) that I need to find a project for. Do you sell these or give them away?

- Dark_Lightning

Thanks Steven!

I sell these at my booth in the local gift shop and at an annual crafts show. I do on occasion gift one of my projects to my SIL for Christmas.

Small boxes, especially if they are inexpensive. seem to sell well around here. The cards just give the box purpose, cards are about $2 a pack in bulk.

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EarlS

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#12 posted 03-22-2020 12:25 PM

I’ve been busy moving college kids back home and finally got a minute to look this morning. As usual – great wood choices, but I don’t see any poplar???

Nice work!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 03-22-2020 02:25 PM

Funny Earl 8^) I mentioned that faux poplar would be more poplar than real poplar, I’m just not that much of a poplar guy….

Cheers!

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