Mitered Box II

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Project by doncutlip posted 03-17-2012 09:55 PM 2755 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at a box with mitered corners. I think my first attempt was better. I did post a forum topic asking for help on miters and got some excellent suggestions. Next time I might try the router method. Anyway this is a box to hold vintage video games, my daughter likes the old Super Nintendo games. It’s maple with a walnut top, finished with two coats of BLO. Reckon I’ll keep practicing; next time I want to try adding splines to the joints. Oh yeah, had a bit of a disaster with the hinges. I was going to put some wide hinges on the back, but when I put the screws in it they just twisted right off. Those are the extra screw holes around the one hinge in the back. I do have an easy-out but I doubt I’d be able to get these screws out so I just left them in.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 10:09 PM

very nicely done.

Nice craftsmanship

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 10:09 PM

A fine box for vintage games! Put a copy of chrono trigger in there :) . You might want to check out shipwright's box hinge technique... I find them easier and nicer-looking than metal hinges.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 10:23 PM

Looks good to me Don. Sometimes it’s not how their cut them but how their clamped or if each parallel side is exactly the same size. I think everyone covered many different things to do in your earlier post.


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#4 posted 03-17-2012 11:36 PM

You should look at a blog by BritBomaker ( and ( where he used a technique with a table mounted router and ā€˜vā€™ groove bit,

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 10:27 AM

This one is perfect in its simplicity. The top and the hinges set it apart and make it special.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 10:32 AM

good job, i like the size. i want to make one for map and atlas storage.

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

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 12:34 PM

It’s part of learning and the key to improving is staying with it. The next one will be better.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-18-2012 08:00 PM

At one time or another ALL of us have probably twisted the heads off small brass screws. I’ve learned to always use a STEEL screw the same size for my first time in a pre-drilled hole. And I’m very big on using bees wax for all brass screws.
Box looks great! Maple and walnut make a good-looking combination, don’t they?
Keep ‘em coming.

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#9 posted 03-18-2012 08:18 PM

Hey Don
I had the same problem with broken screws and at first made one of these tools and then bought a couple of these. They work great and you drill right over the broken screw and then glue in a small dowel and then your ready to go. Like hawk9 said it’s best to pre drill and then run a steel screw down the hole first as kind of a tap and then replace it with a brass screw.


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#10 posted 03-18-2012 09:46 PM

Nice looking box and workmanship. Like I am ALWAYS saying to myself, ‘well, I won’t do that again!’ LOL

PS—-that yard will need mowing soon!!

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

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#11 posted 03-18-2012 09:53 PM

Don, that is GREAT!

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#12 posted 03-19-2012 11:55 AM

Don, it looks splendid. We do tons of mitered joint boxes where I work. We use table saw sleds with the blades set at 45 degrees. It helps when you have a good blade and you make slower cuts. We use strap clamps to glue them up.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#13 posted 03-23-2012 02:11 PM

Sharp looking Box, The shape is Great, some of the taller boxes really catch my eye, Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 03-24-2012 02:12 PM

I think you always can find something wrong with our own projects but it looks beautiful to me! Great job!

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#15 posted 04-21-2012 04:28 AM

Your projects are anything but junk!Lot to learn from you.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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