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Inspired by our beloved Martyn, I used the same antique miter saw to make this five-sider, as with the last mitered box…The antique miter saw...

Martyn had said that tape and rubber bands would probably be enough for the glue-up, and it probably would have been, but I tied some loose loops of rope around it and tightened them up like a tourniquet just to make sure…The Clamp-up...

Because I wanted to hinge this box, I made a quick cradle to hold it so the back was level… for the gluing and the hole drilling…A Quick Cradle...

When I sawed the top off, I again had a problem with a poor separation cut… I had the really great idea of flattening the cuts on the jointer!! Dumb idea, and I knew better too!!
I ended up with a nice chip-out that can be seen on the left-hand side of the "Open" picture…
Live and Re-learn…
Anyway, it's a little one, the sides are 3" long and about the same height, and it's made with Maple sides and Oak top, bottom, and hinges…
It was a fun build…
Your thoughts are always appreciated. :)

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Hi Mike,
What a sucessful effort you made in this! Pentagon is really hard to clamp … Very good.
Now… what is next? Heptabox…. octabox… nonabox… dodecabox… never ending.. Keep it going my friend.
God bless,
 

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Hey is that a Disston & sons saw and have you sharpened it? My rip & crosscut set (tho pampered) still work fine after 10 yrs ago they were re sharpend. The brick wall behind your bench looks so cool! My shop has big glass windows so my mind wanders. So great to see the miter saw in use again, I love to see the old standards come back in action. Another fine box Mike! Wood hinge is cool too.
 

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well michael
it may have taken the saw
100 years to get to you
but it seems you been ready for it
you just taking to it

like a cook
to wood

love the whole deal
and the crown hinge is a real winner

huh …. bert
what prey tell is a nonabox
 

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Thanks Bert. I've got one more idea I want to try with this Saw,
and then I'll be going back to using finger joints.
While glued corners have been used successfully thousands of times,
I just don't have a lot of faith in them.
One of the pieces of the top came loose on this one,
as I was tapping in the hinge pins,
and I had to re-glue it…

Thank You too Scott!
I didn't know about the saw and had to go check…
It is a Richardson Brothers, Newark, NJ.
I did a quick search and found out the particular medallion they used on this one
is one they started using in 1878.
It's an old-timer!!

Thanks David!
I think a nonabox would be nine-sided.
Either that, or it's a box for Grandmothers… :)
 

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Nice job Mike. I vote for the nonabox next ;-))
 

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that makes sense i guess
since i've never heard of it till now
you right

i made a couple of notabox's once
didn't start that way
but they sure ended that way
 

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Nice box work Mike, I guess you and David will be handing a lot of them out this X-mas :).

Also I noticed you have a nice classic bench clamp. Well off to the finish room for me!!!!
 

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Thanks Bob! There are pre-set stops on the old miter saw for 4, 5, 6, 8,10,12, and 24 sides, no 9…
I'd have to use the wing nut to set it each time to 20°,
and hope that it didn't keep falling into the 8 or the 10!!

David: The infamous Notabox…
Very easy to make, but also very frustrating…
No fun at all…

Bob Kollman: Thanks my Friend, but what are you doing on Lumberjocks?! Don't you have Work to do??? :)
 

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I will be in bed by 4 or 5 am and up at 10…...only 3 more days of this.
 

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Beautiful box Mike. I have been looking for a saw like that for some time (off and on…probably more off than on…). Glad to see it in such capable hands. Great to see you working away in your new workshop. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.
 

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Really like the box. Did you make the hinge?
 

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Mike that is neat box

Your hinges are great

Jamie
 

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Great box, Mike. You've managed to add that patented "Mike hinge" too!
Ellen
 

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Such a nice box…and your hinges are legendary
 

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Bob K.: Keep at it Buddy, but don't kill yourself!! You're not the Eveready Bunny!!

David Craig: Good Luck on your search!!
This one found me, I didn't go looking…
I'm just glad to have a place to set it up and use it.
If I ever have to make a picture frame,
or a need arises to cut some molding,
this thing will come in very handy!!

Monte: Thank You very much Sir!!
I've watched your own Box-work get better and better!!
Good for You!!
To answer your question, Yes.
I've been making my own hinges for several years now…

Jamie:Thank You my Friend!!

Ellen: Yes, another hinge, on another box!!
This one was a sort of hybrid,
between a shaped-hinge bottom, and a bear-claw top…
When I went to put it together,
I found that the stop that I put on one of the pieces
(to hold the lid in an up-right position)
wouldn't turn in the shaped bottom half…
I had to cut the "gullet" on that section a little deeper,
to allow the stop to turn past it…
But all was well,
because I only had to make one this time!

Larry: Thanks my Friend…
It's funny when we work so close to these things
that we can't always see what we're doing!
The resemblance to a "Crown",
that Patron pointed out,
was absolutely unintentional!!
Until He mentioned it
That "picture" never formed in my head…
Now that David said that,
It's stuck in my head!!

Dennis: Thank You too my Friend!!
The Saw is definitely a Keeper!!
 

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I got an old miter saw not as solid built as yours. At the start I could not make a reasonably clean and accurate miter. But I thought it's such a waste if I don't make it work properly. I disassembled it and and cleaned the parts. Still no accurate miters. Then I thought of checking the "squareness" of the baseboard, and the backboard and the "verticalness" of the saw in relation to the baseboard. In the end, I decided to replace the baseboard with a new one and in the assembling process made sure of the squareness and verticalness. Then "voila!" ... it worked. Now, since my projects are small, I use it more than the big miter saw and the table saw.

Anyway, that's a nice box, Mike. A similar project I made earlier got a few not-so-nice comments, so I intend to refine my technique more.
 

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Ed: Glad you got that up and running!
The square-ness of the sacrificial bottom to the fence
would certainly make a huge difference…
After this one's bottom is worn out from too many angles
I want to try putting a thinner baseboard on mine…
It wouldn't give me much more,
but it will give me a little more,
height of stock I can cut…
 

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Nice one, Mike! It is really neat that you did that with the hand miter saw…..........Jim
 

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That looks cool, Mike. I think you did a great job!

Sheila
 
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