Box Joint

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Project by spaids posted 04-15-2008 09:16 PM 3486 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second ever project. Time to learn the box joint. I now have a jointer and planer so I mill the Mulberry down to 1/4 inch stock. Learning, Learning, Learning…. up hill the whole the way. Wood magazine has an article on a box joint jig so I gave it a shot.

I didn’t realy follow a plan for this box so I don’t even know the dimensions. I think its about 5 inches square. I just set my table saw fence and cut the sides all the same size and wasn’t concerned about the final size. I eventually had to take a measurement when I went to make the lid.

I used Salad Bowl finish on it since my first project was a cutting board and its the only finish I curently own. On the upside I guess I could eat out of it. Looks to be the perfect size for an order of fried rice.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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Paul D

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 09:20 PM

The box and the box joints look great. You did a really nice job and I really like that Mulberry.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 09:21 PM

HA HAAAAA! Thats becuase I only showed you the one good side!


-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 09:22 PM

Hey Spaids – Nice Job Welcome to LumberJocks – about the Box how easy does that Mullbery wood sand? Does it cut easily? I think you might corner the Aisian Market LOL. Best of luck!

-- Doc Hanson

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 09:24 PM

Don’t we all ??? (Show the good side.) Nice box just the same

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 09:35 PM

Did you cut the joints on the table saw or router?

-- Che.

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 10:20 PM

Very nice. I still haven’t tried my hand at a box joint.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 10:23 PM

Nice job, not bad at all. The joints look very good. That’s one big order of fries though…

-- Greg, CT

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 10:37 PM

Hi Spaids,

From what I can see it looks pretty good. Even though they may look fairly simple boxes can be somewhat complex to build. You obviously have hit the ground running.

Go for it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 04-15-2008 11:34 PM

I know a little something about boxes. Your’s looks great.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 12:47 AM

Good job on the box Spaids. I like the way your photos show the different phases of your project. Nice work.

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 01:22 AM

Great job! Have you used Mulberry before? I have some Mulberry boards and was told the will really darken after exposed to the sun.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 02:09 AM

Welcome to LJ”s, hope you enjoy as much as I do. The box joints look excellent with nice tight joints. Great job.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 02:11 AM

Thanks for sharing, I saved the same article and in the process of making a jig for box joints. Nice joint!

-- Ron Central, CA

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#14 posted 04-16-2008 03:20 AM

Wow lots of comments here… Thanks for the feed back. So as far as working with Mulberry goes, I really can’t say if its easy to work with or not as I have so little experience with anything. I would guess that it was easy to work with as I couldn’t complain and it sanded easily.

I did the joint on the table saw with a 1/4 inch dado.

When I initially picked up the Mulberry it was very dark. I milled it down and was very surprised at how light it was under the skin.

And honestly… That corner close up pic is the best of the four. You can see my learning curve as you turn the box from one corner to the next.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#15 posted 04-16-2008 03:27 AM

Excellent first box joint box, even if that is the good side. I like the hardware you used for the top.

-- Happy woodworking!

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