Creating a simple box or sliding lid box! Complete newbie, please help!

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Forum topic by Beret posted 11-10-2018 11:35 AM 824 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2018 11:35 AM

Hello, everyone! I am an avid wood enthusiast and still very new to to woodworking. I wanted to make a sliding lid box but fear my inexperience will force me to start with a hinged lid box. So here goes:

I want to make simple 3.5 in x 3.5 in x 6 (or 4×4x6) inch boxes to place some pottery I make in. I was thinking of practicing with cheap wood like pine or even plywood and veneer, but the endgoal is to make these from exotic wood from Purpleheart or Rosewood for really special pieces. Here is an elongated example: [Example 1] but more this size Picture and ultimately, I really want to do something like this, i want all examples, for my boxes to have sliding lids but this example has an acrylic lid with the logo etched on Example 3 I know it is a lot but presentation is a big factor for me. In the end, however, I think since I can’t make sliding boxes without a tablesaw easily, I will just go with a hinged lid for now. When joining the sides together, are nails necessary if the glue is strong enough? I would rather not have nails show. Also, where is the best location online to buy metal hinges?

I currently only have a Ryobi cordless drill and kit that has different bits. I have been looking at getting a miter saw, router, jigsaw or circular handsaw but I don’t know where to begin. I don’t have much space but I feel I could find some if I was really dedicated. I think a tablesaw would be the most versatile thing I could get right now, there’s a Ryobi one at Home Depot I could get for cheap and would allow me to cut the the blanks to piece instead of getting them cut at Wood Crafter. Would this tablesaw allow me to make rabbets for a sliding lid box?

Is there any place online that sells exotic woods at 1/4” x 3.5 or 4 x length? I can’t go any higher because I don’t think I could cut a 1/2” slab in half myself with the tablesaw. I think I will have to use a regular handsaw since I really don’t have garage or outdoor space to setup right now.

Oh, lastly, I heard heat-treating purpleheart is a good way to bring out color, is this true? Can I do this with a torch? Also, what stain would be best on plywood or a good way to color it or non exotic woods purple?

I appreciate any and all feedback – thank you.

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#1 posted 11-10-2018 03:01 PM

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#2 posted 11-10-2018 04:16 PM

Roy Underhill has a great video on how to do these boxes with hand tools.

You won’t have the planes, but he does show you how to use a chisel to make the groves. You can also make a router plane as seen here.

Best of luck.

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