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Project by awsum55 posted 06-06-2018 05:40 PM 565 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to do another box that was not a rectangle. Walnut and cherry always has a nice contrast. I decided on a pentagon and like the way it came out even though I learned from a couple of mistakes. I’ve never used splines before and wanted to give it a try. I found out why one should use a flat grind blade for this procedure, because all the splines look like birds mouths at the ends. Also made a jig to carry the box across the blade on my TS for the splines. Always liked the look, but until now have not used them on any of my projects.

Also made a jig to make sure all the dowels for the feet came out in the same place. The jig was made to fit over the feet that I had already glued on. I drilled the hole on my drill press right on the lines, where I wanted the center of my dowels to be. Although I put the bit right on my mark, the spot were the drill came out on the bottom was off center slightly and drilled all the holes before I noticed. I didn’t know that my drill press table was slightly out of level and there was no way to fix my mistake. Considered using a larger dowel to cover the first dowel and center it in the process. I decided against it because a larger dowel wouldn’t look very good.

-- John D, OP, KS





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hairy

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#1 posted 06-06-2018 06:07 PM

Awsum! I have not yet figured out how you cut the top. That’s a nice box!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 06-06-2018 07:05 PM

Cool and “unconventional”!
I think a five sided box is a great idea, and that walnut looks intriguing. Nice wood combination John!

It’s all about the jigs and fixtures, once you have them, everything becomes fast and easy.

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#3 posted 06-06-2018 07:30 PM

Great looking box.

Old Mopar fan?? That used to be a Chrysler Corp symbol. I remember it on the lower right front fender of many cars.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 06-06-2018 07:37 PM

John – very nice, elegant, and definitely an eye-catching box. That top is impressive, all one piece. Great job!!! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind as I build future boxes and remember that they don’t have to have 4 sides.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 06-06-2018 10:36 PM

Darn cool, carrying angles over to the feet was a real plus.
Steve.

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 01:04 AM

Very Nice & Very Well Done John!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 01:41 AM

Unique looking project that I am sure was very challenging. Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 04:55 AM

Very nice shape/design! Realy something different and unusual.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 10:42 AM

John your top is fantastic, not only the walnut but the one piece angled cuts,
thinking outside the box is what makes this site so nice.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 06-07-2018 04:56 PM

Thank you all for such nice comments.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 06-07-2018 11:41 PM

Nice work John,

So where is the front?

You may want to consider sending one to the Pentagon, from what I see on the news The Big Don might give you a free get out of jail card !!

The dowels “shush” nobody will know, apart from you.

Now some medical information I learned from Boxguy that you now will need to know, currently there is no known cure for Spline fever (must be a bit like malaria?)

-- Regards Rob

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awsum55

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#12 posted 06-08-2018 02:15 AM



Nice work John, So where is the front?

I’m not sure, I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder.

You may want to consider sending one to the Pentagon, from what I see on the news The Big Don might give you a free get out of jail card !!

I heard OJ has his fingers crossed.

The dowels “shush” nobody will know, apart from you.

That is what my wife said.

Now some medical information I learned from Boxguy that you now will need to know, currently there is no known cure for Spline fever (must be a bit like malaria?)

Thanks for the info Rob. I’m sure you’re right, I’m already doing research on a flat grind blade to make them look better. They add detail and contrast as well as strength. Thanks for the comments and also the laugh.

- robscastle


-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 06-11-2018 11:02 AM

Your top makes this box a winner. It is so well done that it looks as if it were cast in a mold. Very well done.

-- DonB

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#14 posted 06-11-2018 10:16 PM

Have a read of Boxguys blogs I think he raised the subject of the blade type in one somewhere.
Otherwise as you are doing will uncover some info, MW at woodgears comes to mind as well.

-- Regards Rob

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awsum55

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#15 posted 06-12-2018 05:49 PM

Thank you Don.

Thanks Rob, I’ll check out the blogs.

-- John D, OP, KS

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