Sawing a Sewing box

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Project by fernandoindia posted 01-24-2011 05:49 AM 5746 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy birthday Ine!!

I made this sewing box for my daughter Inés´ birthday. Hope she´ll like it as I did during the construction.

As a matter of fact, I started a mass production of sewing boxes, and taking advantage of the saw & router t setting, I cut 2 of these sewing boxes.

The second one will be given to my wife, at my earliest convinience. Probably the second will get over the mistakes made in this one. But for sure, new mistakes will crop out then, so I am well prepared. (Hope she doesn´t expect a Steve kind of box)

Total measures are L X H X W 41cm X 16cm X 20 cm ( 16 3/8” X 6 3/8” X 8”). Boxes are made with the same flooring wood as the Holidays´gifts. The chess lid includes Palo Santo, and the borders and handle are Bolivian cedar. Finished with buffed laquer sealer.

Now, the two top boxes are supposed to be square. In order to let the lid fit always. But after cutting and dry fitting the boxes, I realized that there were not enough space left for fitting the handle, which is 3/4” (19 mm) width. So, I just cut two fronts of each top box a 1/4” ( 6mm) and ran through the finger joint jig again. In such a way tht the top boxes are no longer square. Next decision was to put hinges on the lid.

I left all procurement of the hardware for the finishing day, which was last Friday. That was other mistake. Friday evening, my son Francisco was passing by to lift the present and take it over to Rio in Brazil where my daughter lives. So I hardly need not only the hinges, but also the rivets that hold the pivot arms. I spent the whole Friday morning looking for the hardware. And as you can see, I was unable to find adequate small hinges and good rivets.

Instead of a Sewing box, it looks as hinges with a sewing box!!

I´ll do better next time.

Thanks for watching and take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 06:28 AM

WOW!This is priceless!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 06:53 AM

Wow that is impressive.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 07:05 AM

This is another one … where … I’m torn:

I either HAVE to show this to my wife, or … MUST NOT show this to my wife.

I’ll work on that decision, myself.

Meanwhile, this is a really beautiful design, and just a great looking piece :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 07:38 AM

Great box, well done, color and finish are very nice, good craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 10:37 AM

Thats great. I am sure your daughter and wife will absolutly love those, I know I would!

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 02:52 PM


Beautiful Work!! Better leave the router and saw set up- I think you’ll be getting more requests for these.


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

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 03:03 PM

Nice. I think it looks great!
Give yourself some credit. That is a complicated build.
You should be proud to give such a wonderful gift. I would be.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 04:04 PM

My question is; how long did it take you to get the parallel motion arms to land correctly in both positions?!! Well done!

-- Dave

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 08:50 PM

Very nice work, I had a friend that wanted me to build a fly fishing box and was thinking of that kind of opening but it never got done, very nice to see the idea in a working piece.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 10:26 PM

Beautiful, that is a wonderful gift.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 01-24-2011 10:29 PM

Fernando – I see none of the flaws that you mention – the box is awesome! Your daughter and wife will love them! Keep on posting…...oh and how is the new router table coming?

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 04:09 AM

Very nice work Fernando, bet she loves it!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 01-25-2011 06:17 AM

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Well yes, Inés loved the sewing box. Her husband gave her a Sewing machine as present,. And of course, he filled up the sewing box with all kind of gadgets. Which in any case, filling up a sewing box is cheaper than filling the jewelry box, LOL

@ Neil, common, after the $175 bench, this is a piece of cake! Specially if you apply mass production techniques, :)

@ Dave, good point, just on the sixth attempt I got it. I´m sure there is a clever way to find it straight, but I don´t know it. Each brad shows the different attempts in the following pictures

@ zlatanv, Just keep the Flintstones approach. (Or make a lift cylinder as Les did for the Jewelry box, LOL)

Cut two MDF pieces exactly as the lower and upper sides, together with two mdf pivot arms.

Then start a trial and error game hammering a brad until you feel confortable where the top box will end.

As you see, only in the sixth attempt I found a reasonable position for the pivot arms.

Finally I used the two mdf pieces taped together as template for drilling the sides of the boxes. Also the mdf pivot arms were used as templates for the final ones.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 01-25-2011 06:21 AM

Hi Jeff, the router table project is still in the wish list. I mean with your NASA kind of RT, you keep rising my bar !! Give some more time to shape my stomach. Thanks for passing by

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 02-07-2011 05:50 PM

this one and the other sewing box are very nice projects.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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