Sliding-lid box

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 07-15-2011 11:15 PM 3249 reads 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple box with a sliding lid made using a dovetail bit on my router.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 12:20 AM

Nice Box Steve! We all go through that “screwing up” stage. I know I did. With the past 14 days being between 100 and 106 here in Dallas (w/o the heat index) I haven’t had the opportunity to screw up anything. Keep the videos coming!!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 12:30 AM

Good job Steve!
You can’t have too many crochet boxes !
Love your videos man.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 12:54 AM

Cosmo: Thanks…I’m not sure what’s going on. It just seems something is conspiring against me lately! I try to be really attentive to detail, but it’s always something I wasn’t expecting. And I SWEAR I tightened down that bit. I always do. It’s so natural to do. The stupid thing is that it took me so long to figure out why my cuts were coming out wonky!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 01:05 AM

Nice box and great techniques. You sure have one up on ole Norm. Could you imagine him airing his mistakes? And it is good to see you using your new ‘Yellow Jacket’ push block. Nice job and thanks for sharing.

So now we know your ‘Other Hobby’. That’s ok, I’ve made a queen sized quilt before so don’t feel bad.

“Wonky”, now there’s a new woodworking term I’m not familiar with. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 07-16-2011 01:25 AM

Hi Steve… Nice Crochet Needle Box (LOL)

The DT in the body did NOT have to be as deep as the thickness of the top…
... it could have been say 1/8”, 3/16”, or 1/4” deep…
... Place lid up to the body & mark for the Lid DT…
... cut the DT’s in the lid leaving part of the lid going to Body edge… Sneak up on it…
The thinner you make the lid… the deeper the box… & vice-versa…

Nice job… cute box…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 07-16-2011 01:30 AM

Steve,, Always enjoy your shop adventures. Keep Posting!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#7 posted 07-16-2011 01:33 AM

Nice box, Steve. I had a similar experience using a spiral 1/2” cutter going into a box. It kept feeding up a little bit and it was much deeper at the end than the beginning. I think my collet was a little dirty plus the spiral tends to pull it out. I think we all have been there. It is good that that part was not on the video. I know I said a few choice words not for publication!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-16-2011 05:17 AM

the way I see it if I’m not making mistakes I’m not doing anything…........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#9 posted 07-16-2011 08:05 AM

Nice box Steve, quick easy projects are always a favorite of mine.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 07-16-2011 11:00 AM

Nice slim-line box, Steve.

Thinking about using the bandsaw for the inner cut, could you cut in from both ends, to keep the sides parallel when glued back together ?

In respect of inanimate objects conspiring against us – such as your router bit – I recently managed to make a cock-up without any malign influence. I was making another box to your design and was so carried away with my new 1/8th blade that I cut the recess in the drawer before cutting off the front and back. I managed to overcome this stupidity, as you can see at but I was very lucky that there was something to hand that was probably the only thing that would have worked.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#11 posted 07-16-2011 03:59 PM

Who doesn’t screw up at some time or other? I know I do. There I’ve said it. I’m not perfect. I just fix the screw ups before anyone notices. Damn another trade secret ‘given away’. Nice box and vid’, Steve.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 07-16-2011 05:27 PM

Great video, Steve.

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#13 posted 07-16-2011 09:25 PM

very very good
as always

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#14 posted 07-18-2011 06:30 PM

Great project. You always make it look easy and fun.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#15 posted 10-12-2011 08:56 PM


I have really been enjoying your last few projects. Always a valuable tip or technique that I need to master. Thank you also for showing your mistakes. The sign of a true craftsman is their ability to hide mistakes. I think you are there. Looking forward to your next video.


-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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