3d joint Box

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Project by reggiek posted 04-12-2011 01:26 AM 2452 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is yet another small box (my first box post though). I really like to make them now and then as I get to practice joints and skills necessary for alot of other larger projects….and I do not have to spend a fortune on wood. This box is based on the MLCS fast joint system. I got some additional fast joint templates lately as a gift and wanted to experiment a bit with them.

The MLCS fast joint system has been reviewed here a few times so I will not go into this tool in detail. Sufice it to say that the system makes decorative joints using a router bit and templates. If you are interested in details on this tool….do a search here or take a look at it on You Tube or the MLCS website.

I used cocobolo for the sides, Ishipingo Roja (it is called ocelot wood in some places because the grain can look very much like an ocelot’s coat) for the top, and Luan ply for the bottom. The finish is Danish Oil and two coats of satin wipe on poly.

The dimensions are 6 1/2” W X 8”L 5 1/2” H

Any comments and critiques welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 03:08 AM

That is a nice looking box. Nice wood choices too. I have never used such a system. I can’t even get around to using my dovetail jig. The joints do look nice. Kind of a sculptured log cabin look.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 09:20 AM

Exactly how many joints does it hold? Looks nice.

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 08:11 PM

Mdmcat, not sure what you are asking. The fast joint system has 20 templates. I used only one of them for the box. The template used is called the 2pc Lock template. You can make both of the sides proud for a more rustic look…or just one side (as I did) to give a less rustic overall look. The fast joint tool is very simple to use….but requires alot of concentration and care to assure that you get well fitting joints without gaps or tearout.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 12:26 AM

Great looking box & nice job on the joinery. That wood is beautiful.

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 01:48 AM

Great looking box , that system looks to be really good but I just don’t have th $ for it right now. Some day though.

mdmccat , I don’t think those are the kind of joints the go up in smoke.

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