When I started woodworking I have three aims. achieve make beautiful boxes in wood and with mechanisms.
This is because when I was a kid I loved them.
My grandma had a box that my uncle made, and I never tired of playing with it. Now, my grandma and uncle had passed away, this box belongs to one of my cousins (I have 42)
This is the box that started it all
You can notice that this is a two parts box. The upper side has a mechanism to open the lid (that will be another entry of this blog), the lower side has a drawer. This box has sliding dovetails that hide the trigger that allows the drawer to open, a Spring pushes out it, when you pull the trigger.
In order to make my own designs, I tried to integrate the trigger to the box. So, the sliding doveteil IS the trigger. These images will help.
The hardware is completed with a piece of steel (old saw blade) that work as latch, the spring, the sliding dovetail, and a groove at the bottom of the drawer. (here some hardwood is needed where supports the latch, I made a little inlay avoiding use hardwood for all the bottom.)
This images are of a box not finished yet, inspired in work of Patron
I would prefer to make the mechanism at the bottom (less visible, or invisible if you put a top in order to avoid the drawer out completely). But, by mistake I made the dovetail groove at the incorrect side, so we have an example box, ideal to take photos :-) )
This is the example box, notice the spring, and the latch
here the dovetail groove with the latch
the groove at the bottom of the drawer
Now, to complete the work the dovetail and some time finishing ;-)
Thanks for watching and comments.