cherry box

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 02-13-2014 03:01 AM 1586 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another box I’ve built without bothering to design it first. I should get away from that practice.

This is made of cherry. Shellac finish.

I used my newly built miter sled to cut the corners. They fit pretty well, I think. For no good reason other than to do it, I used a very thin piece of cherry (1/8”), and made a lid on the lower section. I couldn’t put a knob on it because I thought I’d want to build a little tray (again, designing as I progressed). So, I cut a little notch on the edge, and made a little key (more like a miniature harpoon) to hook the lid. I put a thumbnail-sized nub on it just to make it less likely to disappear.

The compartment lid is captured between the sides, with little 1/8” dia. posts that fit into pivot holes. One of the holes was too deep, so I cut a tiny dot of cherry to put into the bottom of the hole. Had to do that twice because I sneezed on the first one, and when I opened my eyes it was gone.

The pawn shaped knob for the tray was turned on the lathe. I left a 3/8” x 1/8”dia post on it, and put that all the way through the tray floor. Used a dozuki saw to split it, and then pushed in a tiny wedge. Definitely needed the drugstore reading glasses for that. There’s no more than a paper thickness between the top of that knob and the bottom of the box lid.

After I took the pictures, I finished applying shellac to the interior.

The sides are about 5/16” thick. The bottom and top are about 7/8” and 3/4”, respectively. That makes the box much heavier than it appears. The bottom is rabbeted and fit into 1/4” grooves. The lid is also rabbeted so that it fits into the top.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 03:08 AM

That’s really nice. Beautiful wood, too. Who needs plans?

-- Dave K.

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McCoy's Woodworking

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 03:18 AM

Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. It turned out nice, well done, Sir!

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 09:56 AM

Very nice. I like to see people try new things.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 08:45 PM

Plans , What are you Nuts. Very good job on the box.

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