My first mitered box

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Project by TDSpade posted 10-16-2013 04:57 AM 3679 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first mitered box. A disaster from the start. I set out to build a mitered box with a continuous wrap around grain pattern from soft figured maple. So after resawing the figured maple board I went naively to the planer. To say that was a bad idea is an under statement. So I spent many hours with a palm sander dreaming of drum sanders. The continuous wrap around grain idea didn’t work out so well either.

I added some kind of scrap quarter inch plywood on the inside to add a little strength. I also learned to you should fit hinges and hardware before you apply stains and finishes.

Inside finished with Zinsser amber shellac. Outside finished with Zinsser clear shellac with some transtint red mahogany dye added. And deft satin brushing lacquer as the final finish coat. All applied with an hvlp spray gun.

Splines are cherry.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 08:47 AM

Great Job. I’ll be watching for your next box

-- John, Illinois,

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 09:08 AM

Each box tends to be a learning experience. This one looks great. Nice work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 09:23 AM

Nice save, Soft maple can be a pain no doubt. Great color on this…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 09:39 AM

It turned out fine. All of us need to learn from every project we do.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 10:03 AM

Nice work, the chamfered top gives it a classy look. The color is great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 12:46 PM

The finished product looks great. Live and learn, and being a wood worker (for most of us any way) is learning to take advantage of learning opportunities when they present themselves (sometimes referred to as correcting mistakes).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 04:21 PM

Looks really good. Square and strong. Very pleasing finish.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#8 posted 10-16-2013 11:38 PM

Doesn’t look like any disaster to me. Very nicely done. Like the chamfered top and the mahogany tint.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 10-16-2013 11:43 PM

You did a great job for a first mitered box even if there were a few hiccups on the way….well done.

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

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 12:45 AM

I think it turned out fine. I like the nice clean lines and agree that the chamfered lid is a nice touch.

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

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#11 posted 10-17-2013 03:41 AM

Looks very good to me, color, grain and design all excellent.

-- Tom D

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