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post #1 of 6 Old 11-06-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there woodworking people! :)
Right now I'm a freshman in an art school that requires its students to take a woodshop class, so I'm learning how to work with wood for the first time! I decided that since I have access to the school's nice shop, I really want to make a simple wooden box for my boyfriend's birthday... but I don't really know what I'm doing. Can anyone tell me a simple way to join the sides of the box, or direct me to a tutorial for beginners or something? Most of the ones I've found use a lot of terms I don't really understand. Otherwise I was just gonna glue them together somehow, but I want this thing to be somewhat well crafted, haha. The tools I have access to are the band saw, jigsaws, mitre saws, table saw, sanders, handheld drills, and hand tools. Thanks so much!!!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of woodworking. It is a skill that will benefit you the rest of your life.

I would think that if you are in the process of taking a woodshop class that the classroom would be the perfect environment for your project. The instructor could help you.

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Try miter joints for the box. For added effect/challenge, make splined miters. Ask the teach for some guidance. Have fun and be safe.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I think a box joint looks nice when used with contrasting woods. Pretty easy to do with a homemade jig. The shop teacher should set you in the right direction.
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Doug Stowe's "Basic Box Making" is a great book that introduces many bix building techniques. You can pick it up on Amazon for about $12-13 now that it's been out for a while.

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A rectangular box with simple 45 degree mitered corners. Add the splines after you it together. Or go for the coopered urn!


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