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Project by fernandoindia posted 09-06-2011 06:55 PM 3437 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I managed to finish this Box. For the very first time in a life, I did finish it a couple of days before my wife´s Ines birthday.

I was able to overcome the mathematics issues involved in determining the measurements of the box sides and lid. , I made all measurements in inches which proved to be far more easier than using higher number in millimeters.

The box itself and the tray are made of Maple, as well as the veneering. While ¼” bandings are walnut.

Measures w x d x h 9.5” x 6,5” x 3,75”

Finished with lacquer.

It all starts in determining the size of each square. Then decide how many squares for the lid, and the height of the box.
My squares were ¾”, and the lid is 12×8 squares, and 4 squares height. Then edgings of ¼” were added.

The width of the box sides and lid is 3/8”.

Inspiration came from The Caver JC project posted a while ago

The first step was building the veneer.

Edited after David Patron´s comment.

Started with 2 pieces 13” long and 4” wide. Were planned one to a ¾” and other to 7/8”.

The ¾” piece was crosscut into 7/8” strips, while the 7/8” was crosscut to ¾”.

All the pieces were glued alternating ¾” and 7/8” thickness pieces rotating every other piece 90°, thus obtaining a 7/8” thick board piece.

So still you don´t have squares yet, but rectangles ¾” X 7/8”

After glue has cured for 24 hs, I passed through the thickness sander, to get a ¾” thickness on both boards. It took a while. But was safer than using the planner. (I didn´t even consider it !)

BTW, a couple of months ago I managed to build a thickness sander. I ´ve been playing with that idea for a while, and found StewartYorkshire blog including compendium of sanders very useful research. Thank you Stewart!! After building and using it, I couldn’t understand how I managed to work without it. (I didn´t post it since there are a lot of blogs in LJ about. Moreover, no one will be wiser after seeing my sander anyway)

Getting back on track, the board then is cut in thin strips (1/16”). I use the TS with a thin kerf 7 ½” blade.

Building the box is quite straightforward. Tongue and groove for the sides, and rabbets for the lid.

After my experience with chessboards, I decided to apply the veneer strip by strip. Time consuming indeed, but was the safer way to go for my WW level. I glued it with TB III.

To make things a little easier, I decided to miter all corners of the banding. I almost got it,

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 07:04 PM

Gorgeous Box, Fernando!!

I think I must make one of those sanders. It sure would come in handy when making the filler strips on the rolling pins.


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

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 07:08 PM

Hi Fernando, That is a Great Looking Box, Love all the details including the added lip to hold the lid, Your write ups are always great and easy to follow, almost makes it look easy, that’s a neat drum sander You have there, this and all Your projects are a real pleasure to view and admire, thanks Fernando for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 07:12 PM

Fantastic box, and a great tutorial as well!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 07:19 PM

Hey Fernando – that is a great box – the details are exceptional – well done! Nice tutorial – I was just saying, I wonder how he did that – when I realized this is a project/blog…....thanks for the blog bonus!

And the drum sander secret… sweet is that. Everyone should build a drum sander… you also have a new router table you haven’t told us about?


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 09-06-2011 07:36 PM

This is a beautifull box Fernando.
You don’t do easy boxes do you?

The edges banding looks great.

I love the detailed pictures.

You did a great job my friend.

Ps: Happy birthday to your wife.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 09-06-2011 08:26 PM

A nice birthday gift for your sweetheart. And on time! Congratulations on your progress.

Un bonito regalo para el cumpleaños de tu amada. ¡Y a tiempo! Felicitaciones por el progreso.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#8 posted 09-06-2011 09:10 PM

Your precise and meticulous work has paid off in spades. This is a lovely piece of work, Fernando. Nice subtle shading that works really well.

I have to agree with you on the drum sander, they are invaluable. Stewart was also my inspiration for making one.

Good post

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 04:43 AM

Excellent work, very unique box.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 09-07-2011 06:10 PM

  • @ Lew. Thank you Lew.I encourage you to make one of this sanders. I´ll repeat Martyn Britbox

statement: I also think that it is one of my most invaluable tools, these days, and I don’t know

what I did without it.

@ itsmic. Thank you Mic, you´re too kind :)

@ rkoorman.. Glad you liked it. Thank you RIck

@Charlie. Hi Charlie, thank you. Next time I´ll replace the sander for a hand planning with a 1867 Stanley !!! Would you dare? lol

@JL7. Thank you Jeff. Yep. Still have a Flintstone Router table. I didn´t mention the sander since

was a high classified issue. :)

@lanwater. Thank you lan. Besides the box, now I am working on the dinner party.

Wow….exhaust by now.

@Marpintero. Thank you Martin. YEs, ontime this one. Started 3 months ahead !!

@Britbox. Thank you Martyn for the encouraing words.

@ @tomd. Hi Tom. thank you. This is my very first veneered box. I still have a way to

go. Fortunately with good company.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 09-07-2011 11:43 PM

Wonderful work on that box, wife must be with a sweet smile.
Hope life is kind to you and the family.
I have to look into this thickness sander, it is one of my never ending to do projects that never make it to the top of the list.
Best thoughts Fernando,

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

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#12 posted 09-08-2011 04:33 AM

Thank you Mads. Listen you should remain tied to your handplanes. big laugh. :)

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 09-08-2011 11:26 AM

Big laugh here also.

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

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#14 posted 09-12-2011 05:12 AM


when i saw this box

i will admit the build stumped me

i spent time working the 5/8” and 3/4”
pieces out in my head

then in one of those AHA moments
it was all revealed

very clever
and very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 06:40 PM

Hi David.

It seems I did not quite still manage the inch issue. After reading your message I went through the description and found out that I made a mistake in the writing.

It should read 7/8 and 3/4, instead of 5/8. . Because I ended with 3/4” squares.

I will correct the description now

The whole purpose of having a piece 7/8 width, and then crosscutting the other 3/4” board in 7/8” strips, is to have spare width to plane or sand after the glue ups.

I am sorry if I give you a headache bud. And thank you for drawing my attention

Best regards

-- Back home. Fernando

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