The First Concord Box

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Project by littlecope posted 08-23-2012 02:51 PM 2303 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep, that’s about it, this is the first box I’ve made entirely in the new location…
Maple sides, Mahogany top and bottom panels… The “hardware” is also made from Mahogany, but a different tree; probably a different continent…
It’s a small one, a little over 4”X 7”X 3”...

Things I’d do different

I separated the lid from the box this time with the inverted circular saw I call a table saw… I’ve done that before, but it has been a long time… I forgot how “violent” that separation is! It left blade marks that I could have done without…
I should have used parts leftover from the hinge-making to construct the latch… They were right there at hand… Just another case of seeing the trees but not the forest, I guess…
This idea I’ve tried for trying to hide the inside dado, by cutting the fingers joints to conceal it, is one I haven’t wholly abandoned… If I can figure a better way to mark them, I’d be able to cut them… You can see in the upper right hand corner of the hinge picture how badly they can come out looking, if they’re not cut really close…

Still and all, I had some good fun building it, and everybody that sees it is Oohing and Aahing… I reckon it isn’t that bad… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 03:08 PM

Mike may I be first to wish you well on

the first of many more of your great



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 05:28 PM

Nice box, Mike!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 05:30 PM

Nice job on this Mike, the art of woodworking is just that, an art, which has many wonerful aspects to it, the aspect of enjoying the process must surely be one of the most important, You have mastered that with style and greace, and for us it is pure joy to see Your creations come to life, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 06:46 PM

A good box, Mike. The hinges and latch add character. You’re not the only one who has some trepidation when it comes to lid separation cuts. Thats why I try to design them out of my boxes, these days.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 07:25 PM

Looks pretty darn nice to me.

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#6 posted 08-23-2012 07:44 PM

Great looking box Mike. Tons of interesting detail too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 10:54 PM

A super nice finished box with some really gr8 details. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 12:55 AM

I followed your blog on this was and was anxious to see it finished. I’m not disappointed. Those dados for the top and bottom are a problem with box joints. I now cut mine on the router table with stop blocks. Cutting the top off is always stressful for me as well. I need to try cutting them on the bandsaw but worry about getting the cuts perfectly straight. I really like the bear claws and the latch.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 01:33 AM

Thank You All my Friends…
Jamie: Ever the gentleman Sir… Thanks so much for your wishes…
Mic: It makes me glad that you enjoy the Journey my Friend…
Martyn: I made stepped-lid cuts with this saw, a couple of times. I honestly can’t believe that I did that…
Andy: I would use the band-saw, if I still had one… Even if you stray a little, at least the top and bottom will still match up perfectly… Ever Forward though (feeding it through), No Stopping!
I’m going to use the router, and cut stopped dadoes again, one of these days… As soon as I build a table to put the router in…

Thanks Again Everybody!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 02:57 AM

Nice work Mike. Glad you are up and running ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 03:24 AM

Nice piece, love the description of the TS

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 08-24-2012 11:15 AM

Mike, I like the “hardware” concepts. Since you are going to be using a saw to cut the top may I recommend this method? Link

It may be a little less stressful. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 08-24-2012 03:01 PM

Nice Mike ! Looking good !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#14 posted 08-30-2012 12:59 AM

Thanks Bob! Good to hear from you again!
Norm, in my case, it’s a pretty accurate description!
Al: I’ve admired your work since you joined LJ’s! Thanks for taking the time…
I actually cut the box in that fashion; i.e., almost through and finished off with a utility knife… I must have had some slight movement when passing it by the blade… :-(
Thanks to you too Don! Hope you kept dry through Isaac my Friend…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 09-20-2012 07:12 PM

Wonderful box, so much you.
Hope life is sweet and smiles at you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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