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Two corners do not line up on this zig-zag box that I recently completed. Does anyone have any idea what I could have done wrong to create this?

-- Glen

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#1 posted 10-02-2020 01:18 AM

This is a beautiful box, how long did it take you to make it?

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#2 posted 10-02-2020 04:37 AM

Two corners do not line up on this zig-zag box that I recently completed. Does anyone have any idea what I could have done wrong to create this?

- Glen

I’m terrible at looking at non flat objects, and figuring out what, why, all that. I’d suggest taking a ruler, and hold it just above the upward points. I think you will see the valleys are the same amount down as your difference in the corner. IOW you are going up, and down, only time it’s a problem is when the ups meet the downs. Never having done something like this, I can’t give advice on a fix, or if there is one.

If you don’t pay attention to the up/down thing, it’s a fabulous pattern.

Are the echo chevrons simply the wood grain?

In the one shown here, they have the corners going up, from both directions, it causes a GlItCh on the corner, but they don’t have the up down thing.

If you ask me that’s weirder to look at than the up down.

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#3 posted 10-02-2020 04:59 AM

Nice job! I may have to make one myself some day.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#4 posted 10-02-2020 05:19 AM

Nice job Glen...

Two corners do not line up on this zig-zag box that I recently completed. Does anyone have any idea what I could have done wrong to create this?
- Glen

Try this video by Nick Ferry ...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 10-02-2020 05:27 AM

Either the face/back, or the sides needed to be cut one segment shorter; or longer.

It is a pretty box anyway.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#6 posted 10-02-2020 09:27 AM


That is a cool box.

Not sure how you are building this project. Are you applying veneer to a box or building a “board” with the segments on it then cutting it ?

Anyway its cool

-- Petey

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#7 posted 10-02-2020 12:14 PM


Well done.

Don’t sweat the corners, the box looks great

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 10-02-2020 01:27 PM

Great looking box at any view. Really nice.
Just a opinion here but it looks like the front panel and the side panel are half turned to each other.
the front panel shows the dark square going down and the light square going up. Just the opposite on the side panel.
Never did a design like this before so not sure.

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

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#9 posted 10-02-2020 01:33 PM

I agree with doubleDD. I think you may have either rotated the side (top is bottom and bottom is top) or rolled the piece…...essentially the inside face should be facing out and the outside face should be in the inside of the box.

Light boxes going up on the left and going down on the right.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 10-02-2020 01:48 PM

I think it’s beautiful, regardless of the mismatch.

I’ve never built one so my only suggestion would be to maybe design it in a computer program like Sketchup. That way you could manipulate the dimension to see how it would appear.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 10-02-2020 01:50 PM

beautiful box a shame it didn’t work out right,but just another lesson in woodworking.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 10-02-2020 03:45 PM

Beautiful work. Not going to give my 2 cents cause I have not done anything like this, but I do find it inspiring.

-- RKWoods

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#13 posted 10-02-2020 04:10 PM

I would say you started with box dimensions that do not work with the pattern.
To fix this you could try a corner design that would camouflage the issue but you would change some of the look of this great looking box .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 10-02-2020 05:10 PM

Could it be wrong orientation (top-bottom) of one or two boards?
If corners with wrong alignment are opposite than it is two boards, otherwise it is just one flipped board.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#15 posted 10-02-2020 09:01 PM

Congrats on Top 3. More pics might help diagnosis.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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