Lips Boxes

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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 12-15-2013 12:23 AM 2647 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most boxes don’t have the front literally cut off. When wncguy posted his valet-tray topped box, I suggested the sequence could be something like this:
1-cut off the back,
2-cut out the drawers (solid blocks at that point),
3-cut off the front
4-cut out the trays and sand the insides
5-close the kerf on the front by clamping(closing kerf on box is optional; I think I wouldn’t do it by clamping cuz it just makes the drawer space tighter with possible need to reduce the drawer; I would use sawdust and glue.)
6-glue on the front and back & sand everything flush
7-drawers: cut off the fronts and backs; cut out drawer cavities & sand; glue on fronts and backs

Here is a variation that I found useful for “artsy” band saw boxes where the box front IS cut off, however it is not glued back on. The concept came from Crabbe’s book on band saw boxes. The goal is to let the drawer fronts protrude about 1/2” so they can be sculpted/shaped. No reason a variation could not be done for a valet-topped box.

What you do is cut 1/2” off the front AFTER the drawers are cut. (between steps 2 & 3 above). This cut-off is not used. The drawers will now protrude 1/2” from the box. For a valet-topped box, you would then proceed to cut your front off, as in step 3 above. Now, when making the drawers in step 7, cut the drawer fronts off at 3/4” thick (and the back at about 1/4” or so, as usual.) This lets 1/4” of the drawer front overlap the box front, as usual, while 1/2” protrudes and can be shaped/carved. For this box-making method there is now a step 8: shape/carve the drawer fronts.

FYI, the red-lipped box has holes in the back, in the middle of each drawer so that a finger can push the drawer out. The other box has a notch carved on the underside of each lip to pull the drawer forward. The holes in the back method works better.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 12:58 AM

Awwww, they’re cute!

Nice job.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 04:02 AM

This is crazy cool ,great job.


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#3 posted 12-15-2013 08:14 AM

Excellent project!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 08:35 AM

Ha ha they are fantastic…funny and cute all in one plus a touch of coolness..thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 02:00 PM

Will make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 03:43 PM

Thanks for liking these band saw boxes.

Both were donations for silent auctions at fundraisers for the charitable foundations of the Dental Society…thus the mouth theme! The red lips box was last month and the natural lips box was a few years ago. (BTW, they both brought in verrry nice donations for the Foundation.)

Definitely appropriate for a Valentine’s Day gift.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 05:38 PM

Definitely nice conversation pieces.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 11:31 PM

Clever design & very well made well done ::

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 04:57 AM

Very original.I must admit, I like it more in natural,rather than coloured.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 07:33 AM

Thanks for liking the Lips Boxes…as I said the idea came from Tom Crabbe’s book on band saw boxes.

Ivan, I know what you mean about the natural wood look. I am generally not a fan of staining wood an unnatural color, but the lips seemed like an ok place to make an exception. The entire box was finished with Danish Oil. For the lips, I added red tint to the Danish Oil. To make sure the red stayed in, I sprayed a couple of coats of shellac sealer.

Between the 2 boxes, the red lips box did not get as much of the drawers sticking out as I originally planned, so those lips ended up looking flatter that the natural box lips, whose lips are fuller and better looking.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#11 posted 12-18-2013 05:25 PM

Very cool and pretty band saw boxes! Awesome lip drawers and cool legs. Excellent work!

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