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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-29-2020, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to expand my skills a little with the basic tools I have, and some poor eyesight to challenge me a little more, I came up with this hex-box idea inspired by others I have seen. At first glance this looks decent, but....I used 5 minute epoxy to attach the bottom plate onto this box and taped it in place while the epoxy set. That was a rookie mistake, as the glue keeps shifting as it cures. The bottom plate is crooked due to that fact! I would rather not use screws or nails if I can help it. Perhaps a small brad or two next try. The wood is Maple and Padauk, teak under lid with some type of Malysian Mahogany top and bottom. Coating is Teak oil outside and Butcher Block Food Safe inside the box, for Tea, Etc.. dimensions: 7.5" high X6" wide. Inside measures 5" wide by 6" deep.
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Good looking box, good job. I didn't notice any misalignment.
You might try to mark the bottom position on the bottom board drill a hole the size of a toothpick in the bottom in a couple of places and match them in the ends of the sides put your glue on and press them together, like small toothpick dowels will hold it in pace from moving. I hate epoxy. I use CA when ever I need to glue things other than wood.
You can use this method when attaching small handles too. Mark the center of the side/top and the center of the handle ,drill a small hole in each, put glue of your choice on and stick a short toothpick pin in to align and press together, sometimes you don't need to clamp Just a suggestion.
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Very nice. Hex boxes are never easy. Well done.

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Hi Reg, did you use a bird-mouth router bit to aline the 8-edges? Another way to do the bottom is to have an insert bottom instead of one to attach from the outside. I think you did an outstanding job.
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Excellent project. And guess who sees this "misalignment"? Most likely only you.....I can look at most projects and see the mistakes (personal touches) that no others see. It's the first place my eye goes.......If you do another and place them side by side they still would not likely see the difference unless it's major.
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Sharp looking project. Love the wood grain pattern you chose.
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Very nice, and like they said, only you will notice the problem. No one else looks that closely at anything.

To solve this problem, I frequently use pin nails or brads with the heads cut off to form a pin across the joint being glued. Even a few grains of salt placed in the wet glue will help keep the pieces from shifting in glue-up. These are never seen after assembly, so nobody sees it but you at assembly time, and it keeps things from shifting while the glue is drying. For octagonal or hexagonal boxes, you can make some clamping pieces the shape needed to hold the pieces together while only clamping these with band clamps or standard clamps. These clamping pieces would be cut to the outside shape of the project to hold all of the pieces in alignment. The band clamp wrapped around the outer perimeter of these would apply equal pressure from all sides.

The more boxes you make, the more refined your glue-up techniques will become, and the faster and easier doing it becomes. You will also learn many shortcuts in the process. The first one or two of a new design are frequently frustrating and slow to go together. After a few it becomes fun to do. I'm hooked on making boxes, and do them frequently. I now look at things and think about how I can make a box for it, maybe adding something different to the design for a little added challenge and interest and I learn something new from each box that I build.

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Nicely done. Like the contrasting woods. You made a mistake? I can't see it.
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