Sliding Dovetail Christmas Boxes - Wood Whisperer inspired

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Project by wyeth posted 12-10-2009 02:45 AM 7827 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mark of Wood Whisperer fame suggested some Christmas boxes based on sliding dovetail lids and cavities routed out of solid wood. I have adapted his idea to a series of small boxes for my 3 sons’ partners and my daughter and also one for my partners birthday. This is a general view of the first 3 I made. They are from solid old hardwood bearers from demolisher houses that may be nearly a century old. I bored out then routed the holes and for the tops used softer woods and had a go at carving for the first time using not very ideal tools and not very suitable woods. I am going to put up a series of postings of each box to give a better idea of the details. I had a first try at letter carving as well to identify the owners. The boxes are sort of secret locked with one of the corner triangles lifting out. It is amazing how difficult people find it trying to work out how they open on on first attempt.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 12-10-2009 02:57 AM

Those are really cool! Very nice and original design.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#2 posted 12-10-2009 03:13 AM

That is good work.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 12-10-2009 09:53 AM

Hell’s Bells David..Very nice job… especially the carved names… did you use a scalpel?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 12:51 PM

Very cool! I like the wood whisper as well. Would be nice to meet him sometime. He has given me some great ideas by sharing his thoughts and ideas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-10-2009 03:28 PM

Thankyou all,
I have a couple more on the way to be finished in a day or so.
Larry – so sorry to hear about your ankle. Hope you are managing and can find ways to cope over the next few months. A friend of mine did the same thing just falling down a 3 step entrance to her house a year ago.

-- David Australia

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#6 posted 12-10-2009 06:54 PM

Nice , Very nice…

-- Shadley - Cape Town, South Africa

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#7 posted 12-11-2009 05:15 PM

I was following a thread on inlay and was stopped cold when I saw your box. A puzzle box made out of a dovetail joint. That is absolutely cool. Great job. What an inspiration.

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#8 posted 12-23-2009 06:33 AM

Very nice! How did you cut the name in the top of the box?

-- Glen

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#9 posted 12-23-2009 10:34 AM

Glen it is hand carved. I use photoshop to print out a font that I like in the point size that i want and then trace that using carbon paper onto the wood. After that it is hand carving using very sharp carving tools.

-- David Australia

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#10 posted 12-24-2009 09:21 PM

Very nice. It must take a very steady hand.

-- Glen

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#11 posted 08-18-2010 10:31 PM

That is a great Idea. i’m considering something simular for pen boxes that i want to make for customer.

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