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post #1 of 4 Old 11-03-2018, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Miters and Exotic Wood

So I have never worked with wood before. After many mistakes I finally got to the point where I had the pieces to put together. I am making a 1/4 inch thick 3.5x5 inch jewelry box for my friend. It's essentially a box within a box to create a lip for the lid to sit around. I've enclosed pictures. I am working with Cocobolo and Poplar...weird combination I know, but I liked the contrast. Anyway after gluing the pieces together some parts are not flush. There are gaps in the box. I was hoping to use wood filler, it doesn't seem to be a problem for the poplar, but the Cocobolo is hard to match. I don't have any wood pieces left nor any sawdust left over to make my own filler. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-03-2018, 07:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Donald! When you get a minute complete your profile with location so it shows in the left panel.

Is that a miter joint all the way around on the bottom? And sides...? Not an easy task even for someone with experience. I'd get some more Cocobolo and cut some strips but you'll have to somehow even out the gaps.



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post #3 of 4 Old 11-03-2018, 09:21 PM
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You don't say what tools you are working with so it is hard to comment on how to proceed. If the first miters don't fit maybe just start over, if you can get it apart and the poplar is glued to the cocobolo that is good, cut new 45's through both. Secret here is to have accurate 45 degree angles and that opposite sides are exactly the same length.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-04-2018, 04:41 AM
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That's more than a "gap"

To fix that mismatch, I would saw a 1/4" by 1/4" strip the length required from some Cocobolo. I would saw 1/4" X 1/4" recess in the corner so my new strip would fill it in. Glue it in place and sand it smooth. Yes, you will need to buy more Cocobolo.

As you have discovered, miters are very difficult to make accurately. Your measurements and crosscuts have to be spot on. Pieces on opposing sides must be identical in length and width. Your saw blade should be set over at a 45 degree angle as close as you can possibly measure. A digital box gauge will be helpful. It's magnetic base will attache to the blade and you can tilt it over until you get a 45 degree reading.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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