My First Box - Maple & Oak

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Project by TimBridge posted 04-04-2014 01:19 AM 1409 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box. It has mitered oak sides, a maple bottom, and a maple floating panel/oak sides lid. The lid is mitered as well and reinforced with maple splines. It is finished with spray lacquer.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 04:04 AM

Tim, this is a great start. It looks like you have done a nice job on the miters and have learned how to do splines, a floating lid, and a finish. Nice work.

Should you want to make other boxes, I have included a list of tutorials that may help. You might look at the ones about band clamps and mortising hinges especially. Thanks for sharing your work with us Keep boxing and keep posting.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 10:29 AM

For a first box Tim you did a great job. The wood in the lid is really nice….thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 02:00 AM

@Boxguy, Awesome! I have Favorited a bunch of your tutorials. I have a much, much, much more to learn when it comes to box making so these are surely appreciated. One thing I have learned in my little time wood working (but I’ve found that this tidbit works on pretty much all skill-sets) is that I can surely glean a ton of information from reading and watching tutorials and the like but actually trying is on a whole different level.

I’ve found that my second attempt a project is always leaps and bounds better than my first and my third attempt is always a ton better than the second. There are just so many subtle little methods or nuances that have a great effect on the overall outcome. These are the things that are hard to, if not totally impossible, to explain and teach. The best teachers will try and usually get some of it across to the student but a lot of teachers don’t even realize this.

I realize now why and how apprenticeships are so important and useful as they give the student the opportunity to absorb the “tricks of the trade”, the subtle actions that can’t be explained, and the nuance to the techniques that only come with years and years of experience.

Will I ever get to the point where, when I’m done with a project, I don’t think to myself “Well, if I did that step this way… and instead of something that before that, maybe that before this.”? I hope not!

@ aussiedave, Thanks much! I’ve heard that kind of ‘design’ that’s in the lid referred to as ‘figuring’. Is that the term for it or is that for something else? I’ve only heard it used in context and it seemed to be the same thing but I am not 100% sure.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 02:50 AM

Nicely done ! Mitres, splines, and floating panel, that’s a great first attempt.

-- rob, ont,canada

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