Box Making Syllabus

  1. Introduction to Basics of Box Making
    1. Design
      • Case/Top/Base
      • Wood selection
      • Function
      • Hardware selection
        • Hinges
        •  Locks
      • Finishing
      • Preparing Stock
      • Joinery
      • Construction
      • Finishing
  2. Case Design & Construction
    1. Introduction to Joints for Box Assembly:
      • Butt Joint Box
      • Rabbet Joint Box
      • Lap Joints
      • Bridle Joints
      • Miter Joint Box
      • Splined (Keyed) Mitered Box
      • Box Joint Box
      • Lock miter Box
      • Dovetail
    2. Techniques for Case Panel Bottoms:
      • Grooved (captured) bottoms
        • Full Width
        • Partial Width
      • Rabbet Bottoms
    3. Techniques for Case Dividers
      • Built in
      • Insert
      • Case Lining
    4. Techniques for Lid Attachments on Box
      • Built in Rabbets/ledges
      • Inserts
      • Hinges
        • Butt Hinges
        • Surface Mounted
        • No Mortise
        • Mortised
          • Full Width
          • Part Width
  3. Lid Design & Construction
    • Feet
      • Chamfered
      • Molding & Block
      • Turned/Attachments
      • Bracket
      • Scrolled/Mitered
      • Extended
    1. Slab lids
    2. Rabbeted lids
    3. Frame and Panel
      • Chamfered
      • Fielded
        • Rabbeted
        • Coved
        • Tapered
        • Raised
      • Integrated Lids
    4. Frame and Panel Joinery
    5. Lid Attachment
      • Hinges
      • Inserts
      • Handles
  4. Base Design & Construction
    1. Feet
      1. Chamfered
      2. Molding & Block
      3. Turned/Attachments
      4. Bracket
      5. Scrolled/Mitered
      6. Extended

Day 1:

  • Box 1: Mitered Box with Rabbeted based and Rabbeted Lid (poplar and/or maple) Gloss finish with oil & wax
  • Box 2: Rabbet Joint Box with sliding slab lid (oil & wax)

Day 2:

  • Box 3: Box Joint Box with Full Width Bottom with Integrated Lid (walnut and/or cherry) Shellac finish

Day 3

  • Box 4: Splined Miter Box with Integrated Coved Lid & surfaced hinges (Sapele and/or Nogal) (Water based poly)

Day 4 & 5:

  • Box 5: Student choice box case.   Slab lid with mortised butt hinges, molded block based, lining, 4 compartments, bracket feet (lumber student choice) (finish spray lacquer exterior,)

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