Pentagonal Boxes

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-21-2008 03:44 AM 2931 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These boxes were for a Boy Scout training program called Woodbadge. I wanted to give a special gift to the leaders of our group. The Woodbadge logo is a pentagonal shape so I designed these boxes to reflect that shape.

I have a set of box joint jigs from Oak Park Industries and used by the Router Workshop guys. After some simple math and dusting off some old geometry books, I designed a push block and a cutting jig to make the joints.

I made some from mahogany and some out of black walnut and glued a felt bottom into them. They were well received and I have continued to make them for my Boy Scout leader friends that attain the Woodbadge award.

I used water based poly on them. I made them in the early spring and it’s still cold in Mississippi so I can do my finishing in the house with out bothering the family and cats.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 06-21-2008 05:17 AM

Unique and beautiful boxes. They look difficult to make. Dust off the off the old geometry books, ya right.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 06-21-2008 09:27 AM

I used to be a bobwhite, a good old bobwhite too, but now I’m finished bobwhiting I don’t know what to do…...I’m growing old and feeble and I can bobwhite no more…..

Nice boxes! The angles look difficult to me. Well done.

-- David, O.C., California

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#3 posted 06-21-2008 09:38 AM

Very cool looking boxes!

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

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#4 posted 06-21-2008 02:51 PM

very cool boxes! i love how you were able to still do the finger joints even though the box has 5 sides! thanks for the post

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#5 posted 06-21-2008 05:01 PM

I just love joinery!!! Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 06-21-2008 06:40 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-21-2008 07:00 PM

These are just too cool. I love the shape. Favorited!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 06-22-2008 01:10 AM

These look great!...very unique, and a very thoughtful gesture on your part. It sounds like you had fun making them too.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 06-23-2008 06:22 PM

Nice joints – must have been fun working out the jigs needed.

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