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Project by james3one posted 01-18-2014 03:22 PM 1827 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just to prove that I haven’t been sitting on my hands, here’s a box I made out of re-purposed lumber. I built a modular desk for an interior designer and didn’t use the corner support(before that it was shelving). I showed up before it could be tossed and took it back to the shop.

This is based on the box that Peter Follansbee made with Roy on the Woodwright’s shop. Except for the modern hinges it’s essentially the same box. All the shaping and rabbets were done by hand. As a matter of fact the whole thing was made with hand tools. I point out the fact that the pine doesn’t carve well but I doubt that i’d try it anyway. Everything is joined together with cut nails.

As to the dimensions, I don’t remember. Using scrap tends to get you off the original plans a bit. Suffice it to say that ‘Bread Box’ would be the best reference for the final dimensions.

This was also helpful in assessing some of my hand tools. I”ll be replacing my Stanley 78 with a new plane from Veritas. That old craftsman 3732 block plane will be placed in my cold dead hand when they plant me 6 ft. under. End grain, bevels or smoothing small parts its fab. I have a flat sided 605 but it turns out my older round side works just as well, and yes they both have the original blades.

Brief update on the size. It’s just large enough to hold a nice bottle of wine.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 04:26 AM

Looks like your hands have been busy, keep up the good work

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 08:25 AM

James, it looks like you have chosen a good project and plans to fit with your tools. Do you plan to put a finish on it? It would be an interesting project to refine and make out of different wood. My current interest is making boxes with power tools, but I can see that using hand tools would add to the adventure. Have fun on that journey. In the spirit of sharing ideas from the power tool side, you might check on the index at the end of this Honeylocust Box post. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 07:12 PM

Boxguy – I handed this off to one of my interior designers. I expect her to finish it off with a coat of milk-paint. I’ll continue to make boxes of this sort and mostly by hand. It’s good practice and really helps to fine tune some of those skills. All of the parts had to be cut down from a couple of larger boards, which means I have to mill each piece to the correct size. Sawing and jointing then squaring each one. Layout, like on most things is key.

I’ve used some power tool techniques on other projects. The Girls Toy chest was basically a large box with keyed mitered corners. Those were cut with a jig on the table saw.

The hand tool aspect keeps me engaged and can be a selling point to many of my clients(you’ll notice that you can see plane tracks in some of the pics). I also have an interest in medieval joinery and this box comes out of that time period. I have some more complicated items on the table and it’s nice to get something finished now and again.

-- James, Tulsa OK,

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