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So, a buddy of mine is getting back into, I think he said Dungeons and Dragons and wanted a nice dice box. After some discussions we came to an agreement on design and all that ... decently basic box build, but should be fun since I dont get to make many small things.

Just a fair warning ... the pictures may become more artistic in a way ... trying to become a better photographer for some upcoming potential side hustle gigs for more tool money :) 

Here is the drawing we decided on ... 
 



Got started a little on it laying out pieces and rough milling ... 

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5 hours ago, Kev said:

Looking forward to this one!  I was recently hit up for something like this as well.

ya never knew they existed, but apparently are pretty popular haha 

39 minutes ago, Woodenskye (Bryan) said:

Looks like a fun project!  What are you doing for joinery?  If you mentioned in the video, sorry I didn’t watch.  

I am excited about it! So, still debating joinery .. not sure if I want to miter corners or what. I think I will end up mitering the corners and then the little partition piece inside I will toss in a sliding dovetail. Then the actual tower, since the stock will be thin ... nothing special there. At least at this time. 

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Got a little more work done today ... Mitered the box corners and got the bottom fitted. Then needed to fill a couple knots so it came to a stop for today while the epoxy dries.

the one whoopsie today was I only added 1 side of the dado length into the overall measurements, weeeeell missed it by that much

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Good thing it is just 1/4" ply and had plenty of scraps left over.

 

Miters cut:

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and some epoxy to end the day ...

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Tomorrow, I am hoping to start sanding all the insides and start working on the dovetail divider and then hopefully can get this thing glued up so then I know the true inside dimensions to start working on the dice tower. 

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Well this was fun ... thought I would go ahead and route out some of the wood. This REALLY makes me want to get that new outfeed table/workbench/router table build going haha. 

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About all I could do was route out the waste .. I had to order a 1/4" collet for my dewalt router since I could not find any other collets. Then I can use my wooden router table and hopefully get this part of the box finished up tomorrow/thursday depending on when it is delivered.

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5 hours ago, Kev said:

Just curious, why not use the table saw to remove the waste before cutting the DT?

It’s not all the way through. It stops at the bottom dado and thought it would look strange to have 2 random dados out the bottom. Maybe I’m wrong? 

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7 hours ago, Bushwacked said:

It’s not all the way through. It stops at the bottom dado and thought it would look strange to have 2 random dados out the bottom. Maybe I’m wrong? 

Nope, that's a perfect reason!

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8 hours ago, Coop said:

Did you cut the miters on a dedicated sled or just tilting your blade and using the ts fence? They look a little tall to use a sled? 

on the table saw with the blade tilted ... I dont have any fancy Kev sleds yet :) ... which reminds me I still need to make the picture frame/miter sled though, that would have made things a little less stressful for sure.

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finally got the box glued up today after some issues I ran into yesterday, felt good to go forward and not backwards :) 

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The box so far is actually square :classic_blink:

Next up tomorrow is getting started on the dice tower ... well finding the boards I need and milling them up now that I know the sizing. 

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7 hours ago, Bushwacked said:

finally got the box glued up today after some issues I ran into yesterday, felt good to go forward and not backwards 🙂

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The box so far is actually square :classic_blink:

You seem surprised!😀

looking good! 

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Some good work today … dice box is pretty much done minus sanding and gluing up the front panel. 
 

i do have a question on hinges for the lid .. the ones I got are super small and not sufficient. Where do y’all get your hinges from? 
 

looking for some brass/antiqued brass hinges.. I know Soss makes good ones any others? 
 

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17 hours ago, Bushwacked said:

Where do y’all get your hinges from? 
 

looking for some brass/antiqued brass hinges.. I know Soss makes good ones any others? 

I have used these a number of times on jewelry boxes and such.  The stop the lid open at 95° Brusso Stop Hinge

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On 9/21/2022 at 8:46 PM, Coop said:

I like Brusso’s hinges. 
This is the first time I’ve heard of a dice tower and last night I watched a video of Marc’s where he built one. Where did you get your version? 

The buddy I am building it for sent me a pick from Etsy ... it was a cheaper one built out of plywood and stained. So I am reworking it from the sizes I think it would be. 

6 hours ago, Chet said:

I have used these a number of times on jewelry boxes and such.  The stop the lid open at 95° Brusso Stop Hinge

thanks! will take a look ... Do they fill sturdy enough to not have the screws ripped out of a 3/4" lid that is 14x7? ... If it is not always gently opened?

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8 hours ago, Coop said:

Probably the beefiest hinges you will find but pricey. Screws will be screws though. These  hinges will not fail ya. 

Brusso is usually great about sending a steel screw with them to pilot the holes.

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15 hours ago, Bushwacked said:

thanks! will take a look ... Do they fill sturdy enough to not have the screws ripped out of a 3/4" lid that is 14x7? ... If it is not always gently opened?

Yes, they are a real well built hinge.  When you handle them you will find that they have some real weight to them.  You can always go to you local hardware store in purchase some screws that are a little longer then the ones that come with them but I really think you will be fine.

I used them on jewelry boxes I built for my grand daughters for their first birthdays so one box is 18 years old now and the other is 12 and they are still holding strong.

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