Grandpa's Box

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Project by Minion posted 01-31-2012 11:11 PM 4720 views 21 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is for my Grandfather for Christmas. It is a little late, but it took a little more time than anticipated, and I don’t think he’ll regret waiting an extra month. It is supposed to be a tackle box, for some of his more treasured fishing equipment that he may or may not use anymore, but certainly wants to take care of, which I know he has a lot of. This is also a project that I did to see how far I could go with my new router table equipped with an INCRA LS positioner fence. I also wanted to see how far I could push my own limits in designing and building decorative boxes. This one doesn’t have to many twists and turns, but it is by far the best thing I have ever produced.

I started by designing the entire project in 3D using Autodesk Inventor, student version of coarse. Down to the base, I measured carefully and made sure that all of the pieces aligned perfectly. Then from that I developed a drawing of the box…just the box structure. I knew that far enough down the road, I would be throwing dimensions out the window, so I stuck to getting the dimensions of the box as true as I could, and from there, I eyeballed cuts, making them an eighth too big purposely, then trimming down slowly. Sure enough, if I had used dimensions solely, there would have been some tight fits, and really loose ones.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some issues with the box. You might have noticed a gouge in the top where the panel meets the rail…that’s just laziness at the router table. The quadrant hinges were definitely a lesson in patience, and while I plan to use them again, I will certainly take my time, and not expect it to be a quick installation.

The double dovetail drawer guides turned out exceptionally, and if I had access to a surface planer, probably would be even better. I made sure to use quartersawn wood for the glides, and all of the sides of the drawer, excluding the back where expansion won’t be as big of an issue.

Overall, I am extremely happy with it, and can’t wait to implement several improvements I have been thinking of already for the next one!

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 11:44 PM

Wow! This is surely destined to become a family heirloom. You must have spent numerous hours on this project – with great results. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 11:46 PM

Wow is right. Thats beautiful! What a great idea. Your Grandfather must be thrilled and proud.

-- - Martin

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 12:04 AM

Wow first-class work….. I love it. I also use a cad package to do all my projects (TurboCad Pro Platinum)

-- Rick

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#5 posted 02-01-2012 12:43 AM

As stated above – WOW. I’ve never seen the double dovetail drawer glides. Any more information on those would be great.

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 01:14 AM

Nice! Thanks for sharing. You have a lucky grandfather.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 01:21 AM

Beautiful !!!
Design and execution are outstanding.

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 01:52 AM

Nicely done!
My Christmas gift this year was an Incra router fence. I have not made anything with it yet except a box of doug, fir.
Those drawer slides are just the thing I wanted it for.
Thanks for sharing, that is one fine tackle box.

-- Mel,

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 02:17 AM


-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#10 posted 02-01-2012 02:33 AM

If you ever want to get rid of it, let me know. LOL! Outstanding work!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 02-01-2012 02:34 AM

Fantastic box your grandpa will love it for sure.

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#12 posted 02-01-2012 02:51 AM

Very nice design and execution – really like the drawer slides

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#13 posted 02-01-2012 03:59 AM

very nice, i’ve never seen wooden full extension slides before

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#14 posted 02-01-2012 04:48 AM

that is a beautiful looking chest!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 02-01-2012 06:53 AM

the drawer slides are excellent. Great job.

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