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How To Make a Wooden Box - INCLUDES SLIDING DOVE-TAILS + MITRE JOINTS

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Project by Jack Johnson posted 05-30-2016 05:33 PM 1498 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Take a look at how I made this Wooden box. It’s made from cherry and is constructed using Dovetails. It has a sliding dove-tail lid and has mitred corners. Hope you enjoy the video.
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Video- https://youtu.be/ASz4fDAURG0
My Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkIexhYXbev8Qg77iV2IgOg

-- J.Johnson





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Boxguy

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 04:45 AM

Jack, nice looking box. Your design works well. The video was concise and well done. The narration and the music work well together. It is unusual to make a box starting from a block instead of a board. By book matching you could get at least two of the four corners of your sides to match exactly. You might be interested in these cheap band clamps instead of the rubber bands…though the rubber bands seem to work well for you.

Some thoughts you might consider…You can avoid glue stains in the inside corners by putting at least one coat of finish on the board before you build the box. You can match the grain on your box perfectly if you first cut your lengths and then cut your 45s on the box. Rare earth magnets help keep sliding lids in place when they are closed.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jack Johnson

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 09:28 AM

Thanks! You have given me some very useful tips. I like the idea of putting a thin coat of finish before the glue as then the glue will be less visible if it sticks. I have made a pen holder using rare earth magnets. Thanks for the post

-- J.Johnson

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Boxguy

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 11:54 PM

Jack, I watched your pencil box video. Nice concise well narrated job as usual. The design works simply and well. Here is my take on a pencil box.

You might want to consider a slightly different technique for installing magnets. I tend to drill through the top into the bottom with one hole. I then set the magnet in the snug-fitting bottom hole as you do, but I use a rubber mallet to avoid having the magnet “stick” to the hammer. Once the fit suits me I glue it in place using thin Super Glue. This glue comes in small cheap tubes.

After the glue sets in the bottom hole, set the top magnet in place with the rubber mallet. Finally, I put a wood glue coated dowel rod into the remaining hole on the top and with the box closed I snug the dowel to magnet by tapping it in place. This way there is a tight fit between the two magnets and both holes align perfectly every time. A few more drops of Super Glue on the top magnet and the magnet and dowel are in place and ready to sand. It looks like this.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jack Johnson

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 09:40 AM

Great Advice. When I made the pencil box with the magnets I had quite a tough time getting them to fit well. Thanks for the positive feedback

-- J.Johnson

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