Easy Plaid Box

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Project by lanwater posted 01-14-2014 06:41 AM 4345 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Easy as in Easy Miter that is.

Credit goes to Martyn (britboxmaker) for the easy miter technique and a great blog:

This box started as a cutting board that I liked from Joesbetterhalf; this one:
Thanks for the inspiration Joesbetterhalf!


1- Finished box
2- Box and lid
3- Box prior to lid separation
4- Lumber used
5- Plaid pieces being cut.
6- “Cutting boad” re-sawed

I had some gaps due to a poorly executed glue up. I thought about recutting the board and re-glue it.
after much thoughts I decided to resaw the cutting board and make 2 easy miter boxes.

While thicknessing the 2 halfs I got from resawing, the planer decided to chew on one of them when I got close to 1/4 inch thick (:
I had to take the planer apart to clean up the clogged internal blower.

I used some long loose pieces I collected overtime for this build.
I thicknessed all of them and ripped them to width and cross cut to size.
After gaps where found in the glue up, I re-sawed the board in two (picture 6).

Cut Dadoes /grooves 1/8 all around the edges to receive the bottom and 5/8 for the lid separation

I applied some blue tape where the V groove will be cut on the opposite side and cut all around.

Cut off 4 corners with utility knife, applied glue, folded the box an “mummified” it.

The separation was done on the bandsaw, I located the cut line with the help of one of the disregarded 4 corners.

For those wondering why the ends are cut off in picture # 6, The board was a little higher than my bandsaw
resaw capacity. So I cut from both sides to keep symmetry. I should have cut all four sides so the symmetry was maintained through out… That translated in the yellow heart strip a little off on two sides.
more learning for me :)

The positions of groove /dadoes and V-groove depends on what proportions you want for the box and where you want the miter folds to happen.

Wood: walnut and ash purple heart and yellow heart. The ash is from a saved small piece I though had character.
Bottom is 1/8th plywood.

wipe on satin poly gel from General Finishes.
The bottom and top interior are line up with brown felt.

5×5 x 3 5/16

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 07:03 AM

That’s a dandy. Looks great and same with the photos….................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 08:10 AM

Like these a lot and appreciate the time you have taken to share the process/ pics ! Very nice indeed on all accounts.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 09:10 AM

Very cool indeed…well constructed and well documented.

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 01:14 PM

Favorited for technique. Nice box and thanks for documenting the “how to”.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 01:17 PM

Great project and step photos! I really didn’t need the text to follow the project, and that always passes the test.
Must have taken nerves of steel to cut it with a band saw. Wondering why not a table saw with a thin-kerf blade?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 01:42 PM

Very attractive box, great photographs and very nice commentary.

-- 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 01-14-2014 01:49 PM


I love this box. You took inspiration from the same artists that have inspired me. This is definately a favorite of mine. Thanks for posting your journey. You rock!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 01:51 PM

Good one.
You picked a good subject and nailed it.
Lots of little steps – well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 01:53 PM

Beautiful job…
Great choice of wood.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 03:14 PM

Your box came out really nice and it is obvious that you put a lot of work into it…

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#12 posted 01-14-2014 03:16 PM

Aye laddie, that’s a fine wee box but I don’t recognize the tartan. :-)

Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 01-14-2014 03:46 PM

Hey, this is a beautiful box and is definitely going to be a conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 01-14-2014 04:31 PM

Good to see someone else having fun with this technique and coming out with a really good box. The grain following works beautifully.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 01-14-2014 05:48 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments, Much appreciated.

johnhutchinson: I chose the bandsaw over the tablesaw for several reasons:

1- I had a talk with sawstop about their riving knife thickness vis-a-vis saw blade thickness; particularly in using a very thin kerf blade.
They don’t advise using a very thin kerf blades for the reason that if the brake has to engage, the small kerf balde might not be able to withstand the shock/force and the brake might not do the job right.
In fact my call was also to see if they also have a brake for those 6-7” diablo balde with a very thin kerf (they don’t).

2-The bandsaw was less intimidating :). I though it actually take of much less material.
I thought about the cut not being perfectly strait or the band saw actually crashing the box with that king of wood thickness. I put in my stiffest bale 3/4 inch and made sure it was square the length of the cut. I also fed very slow and let the blade do the cut.

3- I also had to shut down for the weekend and the call for dinner was not very far away. The wife get’s very annoyed if I am late :)

Martyn: It’s fascinating to see how crisp the fold on the top is. In fact on the Z-box it was very sharp and softened it a tittle with a 320 grit sand paper. I will be doing more of those are they are really fun. I hope you don’t mind me copying few more of your designs. I don’t sell anything. In fact all the box were donated. Woodworking is a money loosing hobby for me but it takes my mind away from technology.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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