Box Making #10: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box Sanding hinges and polishing

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-23-2018 07:16 AM 2965 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box the spline work starts Part 10 of Box Making series Part 11: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box Making the base and finishing components »

Another day of not producing too much exciting.

Sanded the components to 320 G

Deliberated over which hinges I could use, I wanted concealed barrel type but was concerned the top section would encroach on the sloping side so I decided on a simple brass set.

Dithered about trying to decide on a suitable base, (still working on it)
May end up with a cradle type setup.

Decided to do some initial finish polishing mainly to check what sort of a result I would get. Again I did a test run on a piece of scrap first..

That kept me busy for a while and then I decided to call it quits and packed up for the day.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-23-2018 11:40 AM

Rob, I really like the shape of this box. It is very creative. I’ll bet it really pops when you put that first coat of finish on it. It has been fun to watch you build this. Our techniques are very different.

Since you put splines in both the top and bottom, it is obvious that your case of spline fever has not abated. It is too late for you, but we are working on a vaccine it is glue based and we have discovered that many people are allergic to glue. It seems they tried to eat the school paste in first grade and developed antigens. So, we are working out the problems.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 05-23-2018 05:47 PM

... as the world turns…

Looking good… Nice Finishing trials… can you be more detailed as to what you are trying?

Thank you…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 05-23-2018 08:58 PM

Al yes I agree after looking at a lot of your projects and blogs for guidance, its very obvious the geometric shapes and two part construction I decided to use are vastly different from the way a experienced person would make a box, I can see why you radius edges! nicks and splintering everywhere! All of which I have to spend time attemptingto hide rather than surgically remove!
Maintaing the geometric shapes of sharp “square” edges are an absolute pain to produce and obtain a decent finish fittment.
Also doing the lid and body separately then trying to match fit well all I can say is , I will certainly know better for next time, build as a complete unit then disect it later! (no doubt veiwers are looking and shaking their head thinking “He has got to be keen”

Then add the fact I am now looking at yet another section, the base or “cradle” so it will end up three individual parts built and then custom finished to an exact fit, oh well I will keep bumbling on its too far advanced to give up. Just call me Howard Hughes Mk 11.
However on a positive side the learning aspect outweighs everything else, plus I am actually enjoying it in the process, even if it does end up on the footpath!.

Thanks for having the patience to follow along, Now the Base or “Cradle” as I refered to it as something like this attached sketchup drawing (LBD!!).

What I am dreaming about is the existing box sits in a rebated section, not too deep as I have equally spaced the splines and dont want to distract from the symetrics too much, along with a “floor” for the box.
The bottom of the frame/cradle having legs cut out to finish it.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-24-2018 01:22 AM

Notice you hadn’t opened the box… Still hiding the wealth?

Your little aside about Ozitto didn’t fool me… fool me! Expect a visit from the ATO!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 05-24-2018 05:36 AM

Whats this :- fool me… fool me! my God is that a duck echo?

-- Regards Rob

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