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My friend saw some of my work and asked for "something little". So I made him a little box for his game room. I tried to simplify it as much as possible. Keeping the rabbited lid and simple box joints as the only means of design points. The joints came out a little loose. But since I didn't want to start over, I sanded the joints about 45 minutes after glue up and routed the sides to heat up the glue and fill the joints with sawdust. In a hope that it would fill the gaps, plus I used a lot of glue,(cleanup was a major pain in the butt) I couldn't clean it up while clamped. All in all, it came out ok. It's for a game room that will see a lot of use and possibly bumps and drops. The lid fits air tight and all the wood was from cut offs of other projects. It's a little rough looking but a functional box.

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Hi Bradford,

This box has nice simple lines that give it a nice detail. The box joints should make this a sturdy box as well.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Dito on what Ryan said, box joint = strength, it will last a long time. If you havent allready check out my blog.
 

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Nice little box. Box joints can be tricky to get them perfect, but once you do they are a thing of beauty and very strong. Nice job.
 

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Very cool. I like the rounded box joints.
 

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Sweet box. The finish looks very good. I like the rounded joints, too.
 

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I often like simple boxes the most. Nice job.
 

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Brad…

How do you do your finger joints?
Table saw or router?

Yeah, rounded over finger joints are handsome.
Simple is good.
So is 'more glue'.
 

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I bought a jig at a big ww show, called "Rout-r-jig" by woodline tools. it has served me well, the round over corners on most of my boxes help melt the glue and the sawdust into a "filled" joint. I have read others comment on the same jig that didn't have good results. A jig from a book that you build would suffice for cheaper, but I was just starting out in woodworking when I bought it.
 
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