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So I was recently taking apart the old workbenches that we had at school, and found this awesome piece of Maple in the back of a long drawer. Like, it was literally the back of the drawer. Being a frugal woodworker, I definitely couldn't pass this up…. I was just waiting for the right time to use it.

Anyhow, a couple weeks went passed, and I found out my friend just had to put his dog down. When he told me they got her cremated, he showed me the cardboard box that held Amber's remains, and the light bulb went off in my head.

This is actually my first attempt at a mitered box with splines. I had to make the jig that you see here, and decided that I'd just try it along the fence for now. I think it worked out pretty well, I was even able to adjust the fence to get different measurements from the ends to avoid a symmetrical look.

The raised top and splines are Walnut, and the pictures do not due the Maple justice. Finished with several coats of gloss lacquer. Thanks for looking - comments (and any tips for a better Jig) are welcome!

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I think you did a great job here. The birdseye looks great. You definitely gave it a better purpose than a back of a drawer. The walnut splines are proportioned perfectly and together with the walnut top really complements the maple. No tip for your jig only because you got great results using it….don't fix it if it isn't broken….
Can you tell me where did you get the hardware?
 

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That is some great birdseye and you did a great job on the entire project. Your jig appears to have worked perfectly. I like the "window" in mine so I can see to adjust the blade height and I am partial to jigs that "ride the fence" so they don't tend to wander.
 

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Looks very nice! Well done!
 

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kdc68 I got the clasp from a website called Klockit.com - they have lots of Hardware, lamp and clock kits, as well as other accessories that are fairly inexpensive. BUT- as always you get what you pay for…

gfadvm can you post a link to your jig when you get a chance? I really like this type of box and can see myself running with it some more… I'd just like to see what you mean by "window" - Thanks!
 

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Tooch....thank you for the info
 

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A very nice box Tooch, you did very well on this being a first. Tooch, I too made my jig after Andy's (gfadvm ) design.
 

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Great looking box. Very clean and elegant.
 

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gfadvm.....nice jig….thanks for sharing…added to my favorites
 

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Hope it serves you as well as mine has served me.
 

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yeah that definitely looks awesome, thanks for posting. I never though of wrapping it up and around the fence, and clamping it to the jig makes a lot of sense, too.

thanks again!
 

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looks amazing. Im curious of how you did the raised top. Ive never seen it done before.
 
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