Sliding lid toothbrush box

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Project by Jeremy Osterhouse posted 10-15-2015 06:06 PM 914 views 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had three goals with this small project:

1. Make a box to hold our electric tooth brush for travel so it wouldn’t turn on in a suitcase
2. Try out resawing a board and being able to use it in a project
3. Make a sliding lid box, which I find simple and elegant.

In addition, I wanted to build it without a detailed plan, not depending on measurements, working things out as I went. I took the toothbrush out to the garage and found a suitable scrap board, 3/4 in. thick. I used the toothbrush itself to lay out out the dimensions that would fit. I resawed the board into a thicker board for the walls and thinner for the top and bottom according to what looked good to my eye. The long boards are the same length and the short boards are the same length, but I didn’t measure them.

Alas, after gluing it together, I discovered that I had failed to account for the length lost to the rabbets and the toothbrush would not fit in the box. After sleeping on it—for a week—I had the idea that I could cut a notch in the end of the box to hold the metal bit of the toothbrush which would in fact be a feature, keeping it from rattling around.

The other thing I would do differently is to put the rabbets on the short ends of this box which would improve the appearance of the top corners where the top slides in.

The whole box is finished with Danish Oil.

-- Jeremy, N Indiana

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