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Quintuplets

These will be Christmas presents for my female friends and family members this year. Overall dimensions are 2-3/4”x 5-1/2”x 7-1/2”. Materials used were 4/4 cherry and poplar, 1/4” cherry plywood, 1” stop hinges, and black felt for the box bottoms. The finish is 4 coats of lacquer 3 of which were gloss followed by 1 final coat of satin.

In the picture below shows how I put together the lid. I used bridal joints for the frame. The cherry and poplar checkerboard panels are an overlay panel the fits into interlocking grooves in the frame members. I routed the grooves in the frame members and overlay panel about 1/16” deeper to allow for expansion and contraction. The panels are spot glued on the ends only and so they are still able to expand and contract across their widths.
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In the picture below shows the step involving cutting the alternating cherry and poplar glue up into 1” wide strips. Once these strips were cut, then they were glued into the 5 panels. To make the checkerboard effect, every other strip was turned end for end.
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In the picture below shows the boxes getting slots cut for the poplar splines. I divided the box into thirds and cut 2 equally spaced slots.
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The picture below shows the boxes during the finishing stage. In the forefront are the box dividers. The dividers are made from poplar strips that are cut with half laps and glued together as a unit. Each section of the divider is 2” x 2”. My thinking here was to make them with simple joinery and make them so they are easily removable. Since these are relatively small boxes the dividers may or may not be practical for the intended user.
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I like the contrast of the poplar and cherry. The checkerboard panels aren’t something you would commonly see in a small decorative box and so this added to the fun I had in making them. Thanks for looking!

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17 Comments

Really nice looking gifts! I like what you did with the floating checkerboard panel.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Thank you for the compliment !

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Very nice little boxes. Someone(s) will be pleased on Christmas morning.
You do nice work.

-- The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I really appreciate the compliment ! Thanks shipwright

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Very nice work.
The boxes look great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

lanwater….thanks for the compliment !

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Thanks for making this the Editor’s Choice !

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Beautiful set ! Well Done ! Love the contrast colors of the wood.

Thank you Rolando !

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These are great looking boxes! I appreciate the pictures showing how you made them! I think I will give this a try!

-- Dave

Thank you David !

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These boxes look amazing. I love projects like this.

Thank you Tony !

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I keep studying, i want to use your design. I am wondering how you make the legs/base.

I make the base as a separate assembly from the box initially. That way I can cut the keys (splines) in the box portion as seen in the photo above. Once the splines are done, I then attach (glue) the base to the underside of the box.
The base is a mitered frame with a groove to accept a plywood panel. The plywood panel I used here was cherry veneered plywood. I cut a decorative arch in each of the four pieces of the mitered frame. Doing so gives the appearance of feet in each corner. I posted a photo below from another box I had just made. I did the base with this box the same way as the boxes in this post. What’s different is the panel is a piece of MDF I painted black.

Hope my description helps. Below I posted the project link for the box in the photo. The steps are essentially the same. And if you look at all the photos in the description then you will see the box and the base photographed together before I assembled the two together. Let me know if you have more questions. Be glad to help.
Link
https://woodworkingweb.com/creations/1467-chatoyance

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once