Making the Fence

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I saw a parquetry picture on google and wanted to make it.

I had small leftover of salvaged Douglas fir from my picnic table

I also had some small off cut of Cherry and walnut

There are 2 kind of element in that design. If you count the color of the thinner pieces then three.

Cut the Douglas fir into manageable sections

These section will be cut into hexagons as drawn below

To cut the hexagons I made a quick jig and attached it to my cross cut sled
basically cut 1 corner then rotate and cut again until all 4 corners a cut

I set my cross cut sled for 45 degree miter cut and I also set a stop block to cut the side pieces to length

After reading Paul’s blog about hide glue
I Got my Hide glue ready for action

After the glue was dry, onto the drum sander to flatten the board and thickness it.
I learned not take this kind of pattern through the planer to 1/4 inch :)

Applied a couple of water based poly ( good drying time but terrible color tone; no warmth)

I also prepared a dummy from salvaged pallet wood that I will use during the routing operation just to make sure of the setup

Please note that the procedure below is from BritBoxMaker and his easy miter technique is nicely described
in this blog:
Thanks Martyn!

First cut is 1/8 inch for the bottom of the box

Cut the lipping grooves with a 3/8 inch strait bit

Then the folding groove with a “v” 90 degree bit

It all fold nicely with no effort

Once the setup worked, I did the same thing for the actual pattern. Note the blue tape that will hold it together.

Cut the corners that are not needed

Dry fitting test. That also allow to measure the ply for the bottom

Got out the hide glue that has been hibernating in the refrigerator then glued up and tape it to hold.

After it’s all dry…

The corner cut off help in separating the top from the body

Cut and mitered some 1/8 padauck pieces for the lips

I usually use my bandsaw to cut the separation of the top. Sunday night, with dinner ready I rushed and did it on the table saw. I screw up a little, just enough to upset me quit a bit.

Picture uploading decided not to work anymore. will show that in the comment section…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Awesome job lanwater!
Great blog also.
If I ever get around to do something like this I will refer back to it for the good info you have posted.
(trying to find time to get back to things)

That is looking wonderful and thanks for the great pictures of the build process .
This is great inspiration and a tease for getting into box making again but there are too many other things on the list .
I always enjoy your posts because they are so detailed and well explained with pictures .


Thanks Mike. It’s a little harder because the pattern. I will try to figure the weekend. no more rushing.

Brian, Thanks. No hinges. Just the lid on top. If I am successful in fixing somewhat the mistake it will be posted as a project.

Thanks Paul. I am actually quite stress by the end result. All my making.

Thanks Rob. Making a cutting board was an idea I contemplated before stating the project. The pattern would be ruined on the first contact with a knife :). I will be making some cutting board soon though.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

The first couple of pics I thought you were making a cutting board, I was thinking “that’s a lot of work for a cutting board…and why is he making it so thin?” Thanks for sharing the process, that is a beautiful looking box with a unique pattern.

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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