Weeked Box Project for Son and Daughter-In-Law

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Project by FlWoodRat posted 07-01-2008 12:30 PM 7934 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Son and Daughter-in-law moved into a small condo and needed something smaller than their coffee table. So we my son and i grabbed some left over, aka, Scrap Plywood and built two boxes. The 18” x 18” x 1/2” granite tiles were left over from our home remodel project.

This was my first attempt at compound miters on the table saw. Hopefully my next attempt will produce a little tighter corners. The ply was sanded to 320, then stained with min-wax ebony (their choice), then given 3 coats of spray on satin lacquer.

DIL loves them as they provide hidden storage and a place to set snacks on while watching TV.

The best part was spending quality time with my son as we ‘figured’ things out.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 12:36 PM

FYI, boxes are approximately 17” tall, 18” x 18” at the the top and 16” x 16” at the bottom. The slope of the sides is approximately 5 degrees off vertical. We used maple veneer tape to cover the endgrain of the top edges of the ply.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 02:28 PM

Great looking boxes and a great way to spend time with your son.

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

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 05:03 PM

How are the tops secured , or are they just set in place ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 05:05 PM

As a liberal arts major, I would never tackle those miters.

Looks nice, and useful as well!

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

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#5 posted 07-01-2008 06:01 PM

Great idea for a small-space coffee table. Nice project.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 06:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words fellow LJ’s.

Dusty, the granite tops are secured by GRAVITY. They are somewhat rough on the bottom and with their weight, they really do not slide around.

Charlie, the miters were not too difficult. Get this, I posed the question here on LJ’s on how to do it and I got multiple responses very quickly. Most of the responses directed me to google for angle charts. I found several that were user friendly.

Blake, my daughter in law loved the set. She used them to replace a long low coffee table that made moving around a small living room difficult. She likes that she can spread them apart and store small items in them.

BTW, I did figure out why I had small gaps in the joints. Most of the error was created from the cuppage in the ply wood. I have learned from that experience.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 07-01-2008 07:32 PM

It looks like you are going to give Room and Board some competition!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 01-17-2009 11:40 AM

thats the best kind of projects, where you utilize every single wood found lying anywhere and making it look beautiful..keep up the good work..

-- SurferMoefoe

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