This mitered box is perfect for…what?
Need your help figuring out to do with this small box, which I made from scrap pine in my shop last week. It has no lid, and the interior dimensions are 4 1/4 in. by 1 7/8 in. by 2 3/8 in. deep. This make it useful for…what exactly? I thought it might make a nice tabletop caddy for small salt and pepper shakers, but I’m not completely sold on that idea, and I’m open to suggestions. So please fire away.
I didn’t really have a use in mind when I made the box. I just wanted to practice my miters for the flag case that I wrote about recently. To help make sure the mitered ends are cut squarely, I made a dedicated miter sled for my tablesaw like the one recommended by Gary Rogowski in issue #162. It made a huge difference for me in getting miters that mate fully over their entire length.
I also experimented with using keys from the same stock, for a low-contrast look. I want to use a keyed miter at the top of the flag case, but I don’t want it to be too showy. I’m afraid the pine-on-pine look turned out a little too low-contrast, though.
I also discovered, the hard way, that it’s best to plane away from the corners when trimming those keys flush. Otherwise they tend to chip out a bit at the very corners. That’s something I’d have known ahead of time if I’d read Rogowski a little more closely.
Anyway, soon enough I’ll stop practicing and find some nice cherry to make that case. Until then, thanks for reading!
I'm happy with the way the miters came together for this box. A pair of tablesaw sleds - one for the miters, another for the key slots - helped me cut the joinery. And yes - I only cut the keys into one corner.
This surface needs some cleaning up, and the glue line seems slightly heavy, but I'm encouraged by the results.