My buddy got a shapeoko 3 and made a simple but nice maple/walnut box. I decided to interpret it and see how I could replicate the design.
Things I learned/notes:
Lining a box with a thin inner layer of the same wood works well for making an inner lip, but it’s slow having to glue it up. Engraving a ledge might have been faster?
The maple and walnut I have are different thicknesses, this led to a number of design challenges.
I decided I wanted to try inserting the top and bottom as a solid piece with no fingers just because I wanted to try it. I don’t think it works aesthetically, but I know it’s really easy now.
Both boxes are finished with danish oil.
Hand sanding was easily the most time consuming part of this process. Next time I’d want to use a disc or belt sander to do the bulk of it. Easing the corners evenly was also a challenge. If I only had a router table…
Overall it’s a nice little box, but next time I’d stick to traditional finger joints all around and work with materials that are the same thickness, it’d make a more consistent look and a far simpler build.
As always all wood sourced from green valley (http://www.gvwp.net/).