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    Some Small Boxes - Done

    I took a day off to prepare for the Fourth. I'm an early riser so I grabbed some scraps out of the bin and test drove my recently built "box sled".

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    With it setup for mitered corners I made some quick work of the scraps. I found walnut, B.E. maple and pecan pieces that were large enough to make parts from. In one case I was not able to wrap the figure around the sides but, we are talking scraps here after all .

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    One of the down sides to working with scrap can be that you may or may not have material of identical thickness or size. This just means a little more fussing around when fitting things but, it does lower the level in the scrap bin. Here's the first one I did to decide on how to proceed.

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    Here's a batch that are just dry-fit together. I need to do some things to get ready for tomorrow so I will probably not get to finishing the insides (I do this prior to assembly) or adding any details till tomorrow some time. That being said, it was a nice way to spend the early hours . . . unfortunately you can't see a dent in the scrap bin yet but, Christmas is only 174 days, 11 hours and 52 minutes away.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 07-21-2014 at 02:32 AM.
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    Cool boxes - Nice Miters

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    Nice little boxes, Glenn. Looks like your new sled works like a charm.

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    ...I'm an early riser...
    I won't hold a character flaw like that against you.

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    ...it was a nice way to spend the early hours...
    I prefer to spend the early hours doing internal eyelid inspections.
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    Nice boxes Glenn good use of scraps, guess you getting things done before the temps get to high.

    Interested though in that mod you have made to your mitre gauge.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Interested though in that mod you have made to your mitre gauge.
    No voo-doo there. Once upon a time, Incra didn't have the wide variety of goodies they now sell. I had picked up a V-27 gauge back when I lived and worked in Silly-cone Valley. I wanted a good fence and so called Incra direct and they cobbled together the extrusions for a very reasonable price. They still sell these same parts.

    I used press-on "L" knobs that slip right over the heads of the stock Incra cap screws for tool-less adjustments. I also replaced their fence mounting t-nuts and screws with t-bolts and knobs for the same reason. I had stops that were consistent across my router fence and drill press fence and so added the wooden runner and universal t-track to the miter gauge fence parts and now all kinds of things get used between these tools.

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    The "flag" extension on the right is a sacrificial piece glued to a piece of rectangle stock that slips into the extrusion and can be swapped with one small screw. I just milled a long piece of it and cut off a new piece and glue on the "flag" (which is rabbeted to fit) when I need a different (or replacement) piece. You just have to be sure that everything is coplanar and perpendicular.
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    Wow, talk about shoptus interruptus. Life threw me a couple of curves so these guys have sat in the wings waiting. I got to give them some more attention last night. I finish the interiors prior to assembly:

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    Here's a couple that are glued up:

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    Here's the same two after separation. You'll notice they are about 1/4" shorter. One of the fun things about making boxes in this style is that without additional details, they almost look like they don't open:

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    But the tops do lift off. I will finish the outsides once I have the other three split. You can see where I carve away the waste on the inside of the top to make it lighter while still providing me enough thickness to use the edge profile I want.

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    I offer these sorts of boxes as nick-knacks; more to be handled and enjoyed than actually being very useful for holding stuff . I'll post a finished pic once that's completed.
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    Super I really like the look of that Padauk top but I'm dumbfounded{as usual} on the wood identity of the box itself.
    The perception of perfection is perfectly clear to everyone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Super I really like the look of that Padauk top but I'm dumbfounded{as usual} on the wood identity of the box itself.
    The padouk is actually mexican redheart [Chakte Kok] left over from a box swap back in 2011(is that possible !?!), the balance on that one is pecan. The other is a B.E. Maple top and the balance is black walnut. The others are cherry boxes and walnut tops. Now that I have the dimensions in my mind I'm going to see if I can't pre-sort cutoffs over time and just do batches of these now and again when things get crowded. As for identifying species from my bad photographs? I have trouble with good pictures of woods, let alone my shop-shots .
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    Guess I was more dumbfounded than I thought

    Thanks for the info
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