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Project by Anthony posted 10-26-2013 07:29 PM 2499 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another box. This one was built as a proof of concept to test out my idea on cutting the large cove on the lid. It is made of some scrap Mahogany and Poplar.

The first thing I did was cut the legs to rough size and then using a jig to hold them in place I used the table saw to cut the arcs. That was fairly simple and the little jig of plywood and scrapwood that I knocked together held them good for the machining.

I then made the box using my homemade miter sled on the table saw to make the miter joints. After the box was glued up I cut a 1/4” groove in each corner for the legs to sit in. After sanding I glued the legs to the box using woodglue.

Next I got started on the lid.


For this one I simply laminated two 3/4” thick pieces of Poplar together to obtain the final thickness. After cutting it to final dimensions I once again used the table saw to cut the cove. The difference is that I clamped a wooden fence over the blade so that the edge of the fence ran through the center of the blade. Then with the table saw running I raised the blade to what would be the final height of the cove cut (1 1/8”). This resulted in half the blade being buried in the fence. I then lowered the blade and taking very small cuts, maybe 1/16” – 1/8” of an inch at a time I ran each side through the blade using push blocks and guides. It took many times through and on the last one I took off only 1/32” and ran it very slowly to get a smooth surface but after it was all said and done I had the cove cut lid I wanted.

After completing the cove cuts on the lid I used the router table to plow out a rabbet that would allow the lid to fit into the top of the box. And even though my initial rendering did not call for a handle I made a quick one out of a piece of Mahogany.

The finish is simply three coats of hand rubbed satin poly.

In case anyone wonders, the computer generated picture is strictly for comparison of the initial concept to the finished project.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#1 posted 10-26-2013 08:17 PM

I have never cut a top [cove] this way. On my to do list. nice box, thanks for the picutures and explanation.

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 08:53 PM

Sweet box, that large cove is very attractive! That is a neat way to cut it, too!!............Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 09:06 PM

Vonhagen showed a unique way of doing this, very informative.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 10-26-2013 11:39 PM

A very nice box, the legs look great as does the whole build…You did a great job..well done.

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 12:07 AM

Nice. I really like the cove top.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 12:14 AM

Beautifully done.

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 12:43 AM

Great Job Anthony, you do nice work!
Thanks for sharing it, and Welcome to LJ’s!

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

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 01:50 AM

Wow! Great work Anthony….The cove looks perfect…thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 02:40 AM

Very classy looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 08:22 AM

Beautiful box!Thanks for safety tips, always good to know where danger comes from. Outstanding design and wood colour contrast.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 10:39 AM

Love it

-- You'll never know if you don't try

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 11:40 AM

Hey everybody, thanks for the great comments. So happy that I joined Lumberjocks, what a great way to share and learn.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#13 posted 10-28-2013 02:51 AM

Great project, will be using this as a guide. Thank you

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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