Loose-lid box.

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Project by Shawn K. posted 03-08-2011 05:41 AM 1994 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took some time off from the garage to shop project to put my new ProShop table saw to use. I saw a box like this on the FWW website, and decided to simplify it a bit more.

The box measures 4” by 10” The sides are ambrosia aaple, the bottom is red oak, the top is purple heart with a maple strip running down the center.

The sides are simple half laps, and just shy of 3/4” thick I cut and ripped the sides on the table saw, and cut the half-laps with the band saw, cleaning them up and squaring them with a micro-plane rasp and sandpaper.

The bottom was just cut to size, and glued on, roughly. The top was cut down to size, then split in half and re-glued with the maple strip between. Then the dado was setup on the table saw to cut a rabbet 3/8” deep and a bit more than 3/4” in. It makes for a very loose fitting lid.

The sides were shaped to a roundish shape with a combination of my low-angle block plane and a belt sander, to take care of the tearout from the plane. I’m still learning the finer aspects of plane work…ok, I’m still learning the grosser aspects of plane work.

After that it was finished with padding polish, and Renaissance Wax.

This was my first attempt at anything close to woodworking hat didn’t involve a lathe, and had some actual ‘joinery’ in it. Unfortunately I’ve learned that my bench, while nice, isn’t sturdy enough for planing, the box and lid both took tumbles while I was planing, adding a bit to the ‘distressed’ look.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 07:01 AM

It looks like it came out pretty good even with the tumble off the table and the tear out. I put a little chamfer on the edge when I plane and that helps with the tearout.

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 08:55 AM

I think this box is going to look nicer in a few days. The purpleheart has not reached it’s full purple color as it seems on the picture. Nice job, this is really something else than turning. After turning for 2 years i now started making boxes and i leally love it but the woodturning remeans a first love



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#3 posted 03-08-2011 04:05 PM

That is really nice. Good for you for trying new things.

I think the top is kind of boxy for the nicely shaped sides (good job on the sides, BTW). Maybe do a round-over on the top too, so the two styles match.

A nice heavy bench is always a fun build, and great to have.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 04:56 PM

Great job, would have like to see more pics though. I agree though the top doesnt match the lines on the box. Roundover bit would help this flow better.

Not sure on how much you have worked with Purple Heart, after sanding if you let it sit in shop under light the purple will bleed back out. Hope this helps if you didnt know that.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Shawn K.

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 05:50 AM

Thanks for the comments and tips. I’d thought about the lid for a bit, but decided to keep it big and chunky after I got a jump start on the dado stack. (New saw, anxious to put it through it’s paces.) But I can see were a round-over would have looked a lot better, thanks for the critique. I’m also kicking around as to whether or not a chamfered edge would have looked better, maybe with a low angle similar to a cabinet door. Build and learn, and the critique really does help open the mind.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 07:20 AM

I like your approach to the rounded sides. There is something good about having your own style in boxes, it really shows good stuff.

-- -Joshuah

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