Box Making

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Blog series by robscastle updated 05-25-2018 01:17 AM 11 parts 23739 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: Solid Myrtle Inlay Box SMIB (built by after thought processes)

11-23-2014 09:17 PM by robscastle | 5 comments »

I was supposed to be cleaning up for Christmas when I found a length of of Tasmanian Myrtle offcut. I decided I should put a challenge to myself and try to make a box from it just using the one piece of solid timber. This is where all the creative after thoughts started kicking in! (ATn) I originally started off with the box using the length of Tassie Myrtle which was about 800mm long 90mm wide and 20mm thick. Preparation of the Box Frame: AT1 I thought I would match all the gr...

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Part 2: SMIB Lid work/s

11-24-2014 09:51 AM by robscastle | 5 comments »

So much for making a box from a single piece of wood.Here I am and already I have used all of the original Myrtle, added a veneer inlay and now working on the lid. Rummaging through my box making pieces, I obtained from Degoose I find a suitable piece to make a lid for the box. I am not sure what the timber is but it looked OK and suitable, so onto the table saw it went. The timber was trimmed removing the split ends and then squared up using the saw. Cutting the Rebate: ...

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Part 3: Inlay veneer dilema

11-24-2014 09:28 PM by robscastle | 4 comments »

Does any LJ understand the method of construction or demonstrate how this Inlay strip is manufactured ? Joe Lyddon and I have been discussing it and I must admit I was curious about it on the purchase day. Here is one of the replies Joe and I have been conversing about I had another look at the inlay veneer strip in an attempt to determine how it was made.I have a small hand held microscope I used to use for stamps, so using that I found the following Observations:Obs 1: It is d...

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Part 4: EGBs Jewellery box opps, or how not to make a bandsaw box

02-03-2016 07:29 AM by robscastle | 4 comments »

I had a request from No 2 Son to replicate the Box I made for his first daughter CaitlinSeems younger sister Emily spotted it and requested the same, I didn’t keep any records on how I did it and asked if I could get it back to copy it, this proved to be impossible due to the aproaching Birthday. So I set to work, working off a few pictures I took before. I was making great progress until I put the lid on. There seemed to be a problen with the grain. Wondering if ...

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Part 5: EGB Jewellery box Opps Fixed

02-04-2016 07:49 AM by robscastle | 4 comments »

Just in case everybody thought I may have dumped the screw up work I did on Emily’s Jewellery box. Today as planned I cut off the sides with the bandsaw and glued them back on the correct sides.Fabricated a hinge and began the inlay banding Here we go, this is when you turn on the bandsaw and fingers crossed hope it works out. First cut went well so I continued Now I dry assembled all the parts this time to ensure I did not repeat my previous error Glue it ba...

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Part 6: Off cuts/Scraps put to use

07-13-2017 10:09 AM by robscastle | 7 comments »

I just finished making some compartment boxes In the process I had a few off cuts of which naturally enough had been jointed and thicknessed. The timber was New Guinea Rosewood so it was worth saving as such. So today I got out the Gifkins Dovetail Jig again and set to work making four small boxes as a skill building activity. Once I had the Dovetails cut and glued up I sanded them all to 320 grit, rounded the corners over and applied a finishing coat of Shellawax. A n...

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Part 7: Boxguy Big Al's SPLINE Box begins

05-19-2018 08:17 AM by robscastle | 6 comments »

This is a project I committed to “quite some time ago” and every time I post a box Big Al reminds me about it. So after seeing Tooch present his Box I thought it best to get on with it. It started with some rummaging through my stash of Top End Timber bits, I found some that should do the job nicely. So just what is this exotic timber you ask, well I think its a bearer from a pallet, anyway it looked nice so into the table saw it went, I simply just saw jointed it the...

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Part 8: Boxguy Big Als Box frame commences

05-21-2018 04:04 AM by robscastle | 11 comments »

I started off the frame of the Splined Box No 1 in honour of Big Al’s inspiring work. I used a combination saw only this time … along with a few jigs you see in the pictures. I marked out the timber to get the best bookmatch I could That meant using both pieces of the timber as I wanted the knot feature displayed on the front and back so I had to sacrifice the material reserved for base of the box to do this. So a redesign on it will come later, not sure just what to do j...

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Part 9: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box the spline work starts

05-22-2018 10:03 AM by robscastle | 3 comments »

Not a lot of progress today as I was busy doing less interesting chores. Anyway I made a jig (of sorts) to cut the spline pockets,(I guess thats what you call them) in the box frame. Its a bit aveage but it did the job. I will have to check out what they really look like later if I continue to do splines. The corner of the frame sits in the jig at 45 deg and the saw blade passes under cutting the groove. I didnt have any accurate vernier adjustment for the spline width so I...

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

05-23-2018 07:16 AM by robscastle | 5 comments »

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 ...

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Part 11: Boxguy Big Al's Spline Box Making the base and finishing components

05-25-2018 01:17 AM by robscastle | 11 comments »

OK I got a wriggle on and made the base, sanded and polished everything steel wool prepped the surfaces and appliled the first coat of finish. The base: I could not find any similar material so used another piece of some hardwood. After thinking how I could make the base quickly and efficently I decided to do everything with the saw. Step 1.Cut the rebates. Step 2.Finish the rebates. Step 3.Split the frames Step 4.Cut the 30 deg angle to match the lid. (no suitable pi...

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