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Project by littlecope posted 07-04-2013 08:18 PM 2397 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Debbie’s Granddaughter’s Birthday is next week and I was asked last week whether I could make a box for the occasion…
Those of you who know me, know how little prodding I need to make a Box!
When I bought some lumber last February, one of the pieces was a small bit of Sapele… The Piece sat rather lonely-looking in this huge warehouse full of timber… Warped and twisted, friendless and alone, I decided to see if I could give it a brighter future…
After re-reading the Patron’s Blog on Milling 101, I proceeded to deal with the thing…
The long and the short of it was that a lot was turned into sawdust before I came up with some usable, barely over a 1/4” planed pieces, to use for the sides…Another Box begins...

And then the usual… After laying them out, getting them to stand up…Two more corners to fit...

Then some quick panels out of Yellow Birch and gluing the whole mess together… Top Panel in...The glue-up...

A quick set of hinges, saw off the lid, and glue them on…Another quick set of hinges...Hinges glued...

A quick lid-lift added, and it was off to the Finishing Department…Add a handle and begin finishing...

And that’s all Folks! We’ll send it off on Tuesday or so…
Hope you’re all enjoying the Independence Day Celebrations and the company of your Friends and Families!
Debbie and I were going to go the Beach today, but it’s uncomfortably HOT! Only 95° or so, but 100% humidity, and the Sun is broiling out there! So we’re keeping cool in the AC… will probably go see some fireworks later… :)
4 July 2013

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2013 08:34 PM

Great looking project, Mike!
I really like the Sapele and Yellow Birch combination.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 08:58 PM

Thanks Lew! It was a first time use of Sapele… it reminds me a lot of Mahogany,i.e., Soft, for a Hardwood…
And it showed nothing to awe or inspire, until the finish went on!! It has a depth to it that was a pleasant surprise!!

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

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 09:03 PM

Wo, you made a box!!!!
Mike, you are the champ of the patented “Mike Box”.
Anyone who has one loves it (that would be ME!)
Happy July 4.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-04-2013 09:11 PM

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#5 posted 07-04-2013 09:12 PM

Hi Mike
Lovely little box and very special gift for your Grand Daughter.
Have to try some wooden hinges sometime as I seem to use off the shelf hinges or lift off lids only .
!/4 ” to 3/8” for the sides is plenty ,good use of lumber ,got a lot for your buck !

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-04-2013 09:35 PM

looks like a box to me too

and a nice one at that

good to see you are getting time in the shop

have a good 4th too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 07-04-2013 09:38 PM

Really beautiful! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 09:44 PM

Mike, how do you cut the 45 at the top and bottom after you have done the box joints? Do you use a miter box?

I love the smell of sapele. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 10:15 PM

mike you sure have a way with beautiful boxes, its so warm and attractive, it looks like a family heirloom, already a hundred years old, but no marks or dings….superb mike.. i also own a ellen box that is displayed in honor of a wonderful lady…who owes me a letter…lol…that might be debatable…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 10:18 PM

Mike another great box with little touches that have become
your signature.

-- 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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#11 posted 07-05-2013 12:10 AM

Great looking box Mike and I love the hinges….most excellent build, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 07-05-2013 12:18 AM

Ellen: It was the least I could do, to thank you for the ride!
When I went to visit David, it was kinda cool to see he still has the one I made for him kicking around too… :)
a1Jim: Thank You my Friend. I hope you’re enjoying the Fourth today!
keifer: With your talents I have no doubt, that when you set your mind to making some hinges, that they’ll be outstanding ones!!
Patron: It was you who provided me with the planer necessary to mill the sapele, and the idea of getting a jointer, and the how-to on how to use them!! Many, many thanks David for all that you do, not only for me, but for so many others…
Sheila: Thank You my Friend! I hope you’re not getting the weather we’re getting… The air outside is like trying to breathe mud! I almost prefer the rain we were having…
Boxguy: Good to hear from you Al! When I first did them, I thought that I would have to do them by hand as you suggest… But then it occurred to me that the Scroll Saw table tilts 45° to the left, while the Band Saw table tilts to the right…
If you look closely at the first picture…Another Box begins...
I cut the bottoms of what will be the miter cuts before the box joints were begun…
In the event, when I actually make the cuts, I tape the corners and then trace the very edge of the sides (so that I can plainly see it)
I didn’t take pictures of it this time, but it was done the same as the last one… Tilt the tables on the two saws and cut away! It actually takes no time at all!!Scroll Saw tilts one way...The Band Saw tilts the other...
Grizzman: Bob, Thank You very much for your kind words…
As far as correspondence with Wonderful Ladies, you’re on your own my Friend!! :)
Jamie & AussieDave: Thank You two too kind sirs!

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

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#13 posted 07-05-2013 01:08 AM

Another great box from your skilled hands! That mitered/box jointed construction has become your trademark. Along with your cool scrolled hinges! Have a great 4th.

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

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#14 posted 07-05-2013 11:32 AM

Excellent work!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 07-05-2013 01:26 PM

A beautiful box, Mike!

Like Martyn, Andy, Greg, and a handful of others, you have achieved the status of having your own instantly recognizable signature style.

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

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