Sliding Dovetail Box

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Project by mjasper posted 08-07-2009 05:32 AM 6014 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m certainly not the first to make one of these things, but I was bored and had a blast doing it. I reviewed coloradoclimber's method but ended up developing my own, more simplified variation to his method using just a plywood template and collar for the compartment, and then the router table to form the joint and lid. I also preferred to tune the final fit of my lid by hand with the block plane. That being said, his method is perfect if you want to turn out a bunch of these. I purposely cut the blank out of the board to include a few of the worm holes in the ambrosia maple and I am delighted with the result. The piece is 2 in X 3 in X 3/4 in with a 3/8 in depth on the compartment. The lid is literally a shave under 1/4 in. Finished with a few coats of tung oil.

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 05:47 AM

cool sliding box

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 07:23 AM

Very nice box. Takes skill to get that lid to fit properly without being too loose. (tried three of these and they are all firewood now) haha And you did it with a hand plane!

Great build.

Keep it up.


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#3 posted 08-07-2009 08:23 AM

That is a nice looking box, maple and bloodwood are one of my favorite combinations. You start showing that box off to your family and friends and you’ll end up making more than just one of two :).

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:42 PM

That’s neat. I like it. I think I’ll try one a little bigger out of maple with a cherry top. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 02:52 PM

Awesome colors I personally like the worm holes I use them often on work peaces for the contrast well done…

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 09:35 PM

Very nice box, both design and execution. I’ve always had a problem with card and peg storage for my cribbage boards. I think I’ll try to adapt this design for that purpose. Thank you.

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#7 posted 08-08-2009 12:02 PM

Like the sliding dovetail lid, definitely going to try that one in the future.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#8 posted 08-09-2009 06:56 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 08-11-2009 11:33 AM

Nice! Getting a good fit on the sliding top is an interesting process. I admire your ability to do the job with a hand plane.

-- Life is about experiences.

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