Making the frame

Click here to find out more information on Butt Joints.

Mitre sawMitre saw 2Prior to joining the wood to make the frame it needs to be cut to length. The cutting proces was done using a mitre saw. This saw was secured on the bench with a ‘G’ clamp and the correct distance was measured. The mitre saw is designed to cut at right angles as the blade is secured inside a frame and can’t move sideways. The wood is placed in the saw and held tight in position and the blade is moved back and forward until the wood is cut. This procedure was completed 4 times until each piece was cut.

Video on using a Mitre Saw

Stage 1

clamp.jpgjoining-box.jpgTo start this project you need four pieces of wood and they needs to be glued up in the vice. You apply a very small amount of glue to each of the short sides and then join them together. At this stage they will not stick, if you are not careful the joints will fall apart. You then need to place the wood into the vice for at least 30 minutes. After this period of time you should be able to work with the wood very carefully. A further 24 hours is need for the glue to fully harden.

Stage 2

drilling-for-pins.jpgWhen the wood has been removed from the vice you need to smooth it off to enable the top and bottom to be fixed in place. If this is not done then there will be a space between the top and the sides and it will not look correct and loose your marks.
When you are happy with the sanding process you need to drill holes into each corner. The drill is set up with the jig, this will allow you to drill the holes in the correct position. It is ESSENTIAL that you clean any pieces of waste material from around the drill or you will drill the holes in the wrong position. The reason for these holes in the box is that when the lid is cut off they will appear and you can use dowel rods as location pins.

Stage 3

dsc01411.jpgdsc01413.jpgAt this stage in the manufacture you need to glue the lid onto the sides. Once the sides have been leveled and there is no part sticking up the top and bottom need to be glued with PVA glue. An even amount of glue is spread over the surface and the top and bottom are put into position and the clamped into the vice. The base is made from MDF and the top is the same material as the sides Norway spruce

When the glue is applied the box needs to be put into the vice to allow it to harden. The glue we use in school is called titebond. This is a glue which can help any woodworker achieve professional-looking results. It is ideal for wood, hardboard, particleboard, leather, cloth and most other porous materials. Titebond Original is easy to use, non-toxic and cleans up with water.

When the box is fixed into the vice and it is shut tight, some glue will seep out, it is essential that this is removed as it will stain the wood.

The next stage is to cut the lid off and fix the location pins.


45 Responses

  1. We think that this page would need some pictures and some writing!!!!
    but otherwise the site is really good!!!

  2. Still in the process of putting all the information onto the site. Thanks for the comment and information will be added later.

  3. this website is ok!
    but it need more pictures
    and more info!
    chrisy mc

  4. this website is good for revision


  6. Look at it carefull and read it and you will find all the information you will need. CTD

  7. could you plz put info up on the base .. thanks

  8. Jason : Have a look at stage 3 in the section β€œmaking the frame” and you will fine the information you are looking for. CTD

  9. that looks funnn!!!

  10. i thnik i shld pass ma exam now lolz dis site is gdgd for revision!

  11. This Site Is Really Good 4 Revision… Because We Dont Hav Much Stuff In Our Books… Bout makin Th Box… Dis Reli Did Help… Thanks

  12. I agree sylvannah dis page told ma about the mitre saw which i hadn’t a clue about ! We don’t ave much in our books so this page really helped to revise for the box manufacture! thankz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    XXxxXXxxXX πŸ™‚

  13. i agree with lauren nd sylvannah eveery thing you need to know for our revision is here and half of it wouldnt be in our books..!!! great site πŸ˜€

  14. Yess Watsy It Told Me Bout The Mitre Saw…:L
    Thanks πŸ˜€

  15. it needs more info for the procedure of cuttin wood with the mitre saw because it dont really explain

  16. There is a link to another page which gives more information, I have also added a video link to someone using the mitre saw. Hopefully this is enough information. CTD

  17. thanks for this info it helped me fill in my booklet πŸ˜€

  18. I found this site useful when i was filling in my Box Construction Booklet . . .
    It helped me do my homework with the base of the box . . .

    THANKS! . . . . . πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  19. thanks for the advice. This site is really good for making revision notes for the exams. !!! πŸ˜€

  20. πŸ™‚ i this was very very helful when we were doing are box construction!!::) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :::) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

  21. LOL this might help in the exam

  22. dis website is class, lots of good info for exams, which are tomorrow boo hoo

  23. dis website is brill for revision i got all da stuff i need for revision THANKS

  24. klass website! useful info 4 exams which is 2morrow

  25. wel dis is a gr8 site as well, least der are more picsss!!!!!!!!!! hey chrisy boo hooo. haha

  26. dis really helped with revision THANKS! πŸ™‚

  27. hey. this is gud info lol helped me alot thanx.

  28. dude this website rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – }

  29. This is good for revising for the exams which are 2 weeks away!

  30. this website is really good for homeworks and revision its great πŸ™‚

  31. thanks for all the info i might acctularly do well this time in my exams :s

  32. This was very useful towards my exam ……..

  33. Really good website brill for revision πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  34. this website is really good for my exams πŸ™‚

  35. thz 4 the website it’s really helping me with homework and revision

  36. This is great for revision help ;p

  37. Where does it talk about but joints????????

  38. Where is the part on butt joints?

  39. I don’t know/???That is what I would like to know

  40. it doesnt say why you need to drill the holes?

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