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Project by KnickKnack posted 11-25-2011 03:01 PM 2053 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Strictly speaking, this having no lid, it’s an OctoContainer, but OctoBox sounds better. Perhaps in 50 years time, when I’m long gone, whoever has it can invent a story about the lid having gone missing?

Anyways, I’m still working through some ideas that I’ve had around for a while. This one is sort of based on a normal splined 45° box, except with the splines extended out to be genuine sides in themselves. The basis for being able to do this, of course, is the 45° router jig.

I must confess that the piece of spalted beech that I’ve used here was originally a piece of the first bed I made about 3 years ago. In my ignorance I decided the wood was “flawed” and just used it for the hidden underneath cross-piece. A year later, having learnt some more, I replaced it with “normal” beech and this piece has been sitting in the corner ever since – waiting for something in which to use it.

Just by way of a change – glue-up was a cinch – basically it’s 8 M&T joints which fitted fairly firmly, but not so much that a mallet was needed – just a bungie held it together, as you can see in the last photo.

It’s 16cm (~6”) square (except it’s an octogon), and 12cm (~5”) high.
Spalted beech and jatoba (which will, hopefully, go more red). Linseed oil finish.

As always, comments of any flavo(u)r are most welcome – extra credit will be awarded for comments in non-roman scripts.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 03:15 PM

good idea, I have been thinking on a few ways to make a box with more than 4 sides. This looks really nice, and very clean joints!
Great work

P.S. off to check out that router jig you mentioned :)

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 04:41 PM

Great idea on that router jig. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 11-25-2011 05:30 PM

Nice joinery, beautiful wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 11:52 AM

That’s a nice box – very neat

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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