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This project is a request from my Aunt in Florida. She sent up some rosewood that my Uncle had, and asked me to make a box for her double 12 set of dominoes.

I started with several pieces of varied grain and decided to make the box out of heartwood, and the top of sapwood. I cut the front and back pieces to allow for 1.5" extra room for her markers that are used for the mexican train game.

The router table was set up for a 3/8" box joint using my Incra jig and a Freud 3/8" upcut bit.

Test fits had an extremely tight fit so I filed all the tabs on the end pieces. I didn't want the pressure to split the wood. It went together very nicely after that.

For the top, I edge glued the 2 sapwood pieces, chose the best grain area, and cut it. What was left I ripped some 1/4" strips for a bottom edge of the top. There will be no hinges on this box.

The bottom edge is made from heartwood 1/4" X 3/4" and cut on 45 to make a frame. The box sits on top of this.

Final sanding and finish to come.
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Nice, I like that natural two-toned wood. I've never built boxes like that before but will like to soon. A spiral-upcut is a good bit to get then?
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I just love it when relatives ask for projects to be made, it keep us busy and increases our working skill, great looking box and nice work on the 0 clearance insert also, both look great!
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Great job, one day I Will be able to start learning to do boxes.

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Boxes are cool Jerry. Drawers with a top.

The first top warped on me. I was upset because I liked the grain of the wood. There was nothing I could do to fix it, so I had to resaw a couple pieces from the 3"x4" piece I had. After planing, edge gluing, edging, trimming, routing, sanding, and finishing, I had a new top. All in a days' work.

Time to pack it carefully in ANOTHER box and get it shipped to Florida.
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Another job well done Mike.

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Nice work. That is neat looking wood.



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Hi Mike,
I love the way your domino box turned out! Could you please give a quick explanation of how you edge glued the two pieces for the top? I really like the way the grain looks. Did you use bisquits, or is it truly just a glue seam? I'd like to start trying to glue together pieces like that to compliment the grain, but am not sure the proper way to do it.
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Paulo, the solid carbide spiral up cut bit is a must have for your bit collection. These bits offer very long life and super clean cuts in solid wood. You should get a set with 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2" bits. You may be tempted to save money by purchasing HSS bits of this type for a fraction of the price. Don't do it, you will be throwing money away. This is one time to spend the money for quality.

George, gluing up panels of any size is easily learned. You need two clean edges for a good joint, something you can do with your table mounted router. Most people apply too much clamping pressure and this causes the glue to squeeze out of the joint, and often will warp the panel. Search the site for Clamping Cauls to learn one method for aligning the wood.

Mike, nice job as always on the box. Is there anything you can't do well?

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Very nice job matching the wood grain for that two-toned effect. She will love it!
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