The Square Box #summerofboxes

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Project by TheWoodfather posted 02-08-2021 08:12 AM 785 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, things don’t always go to plan.

This box was supposed to be beautiful sheets of plywood, nice and smooth, with vibrant hardwood edges all the way around, and finally with a nice tight, but not too tight, slip fit lid.

Instead, I now have a mostly square shaped box of orange ply with sanded and scratched faces, gaps in the inlays, and mismatched sized hardwood edges.

Well, ok, that makes it sound worse than it is. And truth be told, I still quite like the overall shape and look of this box, it’s just that the quality of finish isn’t there. I made mistakes on this one. Partly by skipping steps or assuming that things would turn out ok, and also partly by inexperience.

But the great thing is I learnt heaps of off this box, so it wasn’t a loss at all, in fact, I probably learnt more from this one than the previous 3 boxes combined.

If interested, I’ve a video showing the misteps I took…it’s more interesting that the rather plain box I’m afraid.
(Click the image to watch on youtube.)

Ah well, onwards and upwards from here. :)

About 6 months ago, I made the decision to actually try and skill up in woodworking. I’ve been working wood out in the shop for over 10 years, but if I look back, I can’t say that I’ve gotten much better with time. I decided to plan out the next 12 months, with the view to improving my skills as much as I can.

The first few months were all about handcutting joints, and now I’m throwing box making into the mix.
I call this, my #SummerOfBoxes, because you have to have a cool hashtag these days. :D


-- - Here, for learning.

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#1 posted 02-08-2021 11:58 AM

That was a funny write-up. A box is a box, I am sure you will find something to put in it, all good.

I find one of these invalueable, and can honestly say it is my MOST used tool. I use 80º on one side, 120º on the other. Spraymount works great. Cloth-backed sheets are best. Sanding tiny parts, round over edges on tiny parts, levelling box tops/bottoms, and great for levelling off inlays, taking a hair off here and there. You can clamp a block to it so as to make a 90º angle to true up edges, or a block with a bevel and transfer that bevel onto the stock. Tons of uses.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 04:09 PM

You are off to a great start!

Takes time to get something you consider perfection, but with any skill, it’s a journey and you will arrive sooner than you think!

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#3 posted 02-08-2021 06:01 PM

Plywood is a great product for a lot of things, but the veneers are so thin you have to have to be very accurate so you don’t have too much sanding. This same box out of solid wood would have probably turned out beautiful because you could sand without worry.

I use a very similar method as Brian, but I use 1/4” plate glass that I framed with cedar. Use it almost every day for something.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 10:15 PM

That’s a great tip guys, very much appreciated! I’ll hunt around for something super flat and will make my own sanding board shortly as well, many thanks!

-- - Here, for learning.

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