Small live-edge box + 1839 Schoolbox

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Project by upriver posted 05-19-2012 02:58 AM 3437 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working through the projects in “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker”, and am making several of the schoolboxes (mentioned elswewhere as “the 1839 School Box”). I’m also working on a side project, but based on the school box design. It is smaller (about 9.5×11.5×10.5, but it was never measured while building). Unlike the school box, which has a bottom nailed on, in this case I put a groove along the bottom and put in a very crude raised panel of douglas fir. I also made the “partition” a full-size tray. I am not sure what I was thinking in boring the thumb holes on the front and back of the tray instead of the sides. Perhaps I will add more holes, but this really was a practice piece to work out the problems of the grooved bottom and recessing the lip for the tray to rest on. I also used some cheap hardware store hinges instead of wrought-iron strap hinges in the name of frugality. Instead of moulding, I just used an oversize slab of maple with a live edge. The body of the board is alder and the top is curly maple. The tray is made of incense cedar. I ripped the boards to make the tray by hand with a tenon saw… that was not fun even for a soft wood only about an inch thick! It is nice to know it is possible, though, and not that hard. Just very painstaking and tedious.

The last image shows the other school box, which is made entirely of alder except the bottom and partition which are douglas fir.

These boxes were both made 100% with hand tools after the initial milling on a portable bandsaw mill. It is nice knowing that most of these trees came from my yard (the maple) and the home across the street (the alder and fir).

I blog about my experiences with learning traditional hand tool use at:

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#1 posted 05-19-2012 03:07 AM

I am looking forward to building a schoolbox, too. Nice job.

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 08:58 AM

Very nice

They look from the period

It can be fun following a project through


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#3 posted 05-19-2012 12:51 PM

These are impressive. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 04:46 PM

Really sharp looking boxes, good work

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 05:55 AM

The care and attention to detail is appreciated. I am now following your blog. Very interesting. Thank you.

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