First Mitered Box

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Project by doncutlip posted 02-01-2012 02:36 AM 2023 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I also posted a blog this, but it’s not too exciting. This is my first box with miters on the corners. I learned the hard way that if the blade isn’t exactly 45 degrees you can get three corners to mate up, but the last one is off a bit. I do have a tiny bit of filler in on of the corners. All pine, top and bottom are set in dadoes and are plywood. I went with a modern stain, dark walnut, then BLO then wax. I’ll be using this box at Civil War Reenactments, so I wanted it dark so it wouldn’t stand out too much.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 03:41 AM

That is a great box and will fit in perfect at the reenactments. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 03:45 AM

Great looking box , great job.


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#3 posted 02-01-2012 06:35 AM

Very nice job. How large/small is this box?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 06:52 AM

Nice box, good start. Yes, the angles have to be perfect, and the length of the sides also has to be spot on. You had a tougher job of it because of the height of your box. If you want practice, do some boxes that are almost flat, like 1.5 inches thick. I little more forgiving that way.

Did you key the corners, I can not tell? A simple miter is asking a lot of wood glue, you are sorta gluing end grain that way.

How did you clamp it? I love my band clamps for boxes.

Good work, do some more!!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#5 posted 02-01-2012 06:58 AM

Good job Don
Love the hardware ,is it off the shelf or made for this box ?


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 01:54 PM

looks like it will fit in at the battlefield,are you adding handles to match the hasp?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 04:35 PM

NIce work ! I really like the color. Should work out well to appear to be an old box.

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 09:58 PM

Great looking box Don,

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 02-02-2012 12:54 AM

Ed – the box is about 21 inches wide by 10 inches tall by 10 inches deep by 11 inches high. bowtie- I usually just put small wooden handles on these type of boxes, but for this one I think I’ll just let it go as is. Dan, no keys, just end grain glued as you said, well also the plywood is glued in. You can see how I clamped it in my blog, but as I said there I’ll only use band clamps next time.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 02-02-2012 02:11 AM

keifer – i get my hardware from VanDykes Restorers. The hasp is blackened steel, the hinges are from Acorn.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 03:34 PM

Beautiful box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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