Lining the Bottom of a Box

Another series of boxes I’ve done for the Etsy store and also for the craft fair is one I’ve named the Lidded Finger Joint.  I’ve gone into the construction of it on previous blogs but the thing that sets it apart is that there is a hinge pin concealed in the finger joint.  I use some 1/8″ brass rod for that.  What’s tricky is assembling the entire box all at one time.  Here are three of them ready to be photographed and placed on the store.


The wood on these is Macacauba.  Hard to see it but after assembly brass screws are screwed into pre-drilled holes between the fingers.  After the screw is driven in to the shank it is cut off, filed, and sanded.  Time consuming? Yes; but this gives a nice, decorative touch to the corners.

To complete the box it’s nice to line the bottoms of them for a finished look.  The most common material I’ll use is an ultra suede fabric but leather or wool are other items I’ve used in the past.  Generally, this is reserved for what I consider my high end work.  The process is the same for each material, it begins with cutting a piece of mat board that fits in the bottom of the box.  It’ll be smaller than the box dimensions to accommodate the material used for the lining.  Once these are cut the material is sized.

WoodworksbyJohn-LasVegas-CustomFurniture-LiningBoxes-2For that, I use the guide you see on the right.  It’s simply a piece of plywood with that is lined up with the mat board.  Notice the marks close to the Sharpie?  These are 3″ from the top of the guide and indicate where to cut the top of the material and are aligned with the top of the mat board.  The guide itself is 3″ wide.  This will allow 1 1/2″ of material on both sides for wrapping around the mat board.


WoodworksbyJohn-LasVegas-CustomFurniture-LiningBoxes-3After cutting the material, the mat board is centered on it and the corners are cut at an approximate, 45 degrees.  Depending on the material used this could be cut directly with a knife or marked with a Sharpie and cut with a scissor.  In any case, the next step is to glue the pieces together.



For that, use a spray adhesive and center the mat board on the material:



This is a piece of leather, had to cut around the natural defects on this one!  Here’s a hint to make this process a bit neater.  I generally do several boxes at one time so after cutting the board and material they’re layered between the pages of a newspaper section.  After doing the glue up on one it’s a simple matter of folding that piece of newspaper up and exposing the next, clean layer.  You don’t want to lay your material on a piece of newspaper covered with sticky, spray adhesive!  Follow the directions on the can and wrap the board one edge at a time.



The final step to this procedure is to glue the completed piece into the box.  I think the results add that final touch of quality to my work.


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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