Marble Bible Box

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Project by OutPutter posted 01-14-2010 04:32 AM 1669 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is a evolution in my box design but it may not be obvious. I’ve always been conflicted about tops and bottoms. In order to keep from spending $50 on hardware for each box, I decided to use an overhanging lid to create a natural stop in the open position. An overhanging lid pretty much means I need to use an overhanging bottom too. A solid bottom can contract over time and so glueing the sides to the bottom doesn’t seem like a very good idea unless you screw it to the bottom so the glue doesn’t break later. That leads to a crack in the bottom unless you use slots for the screws because the bottom will still contract and expand. My solution is to use a sliding dovetail. The bottom is one solid piece that has been sawed in half parallel to the grain direction so two sliding dovetail slots on each half can be made. Then the long sides of the box are given a sliding dovetail male piece to fit into the bottom’s slots. The sides are then captured in the dovetail in the bottom but not glued in place. The bottom is then glued back together taking care not to glue down the male dovetail. The net result is a bottom free to expand and contract that matches the overhanging top and sides that aren’t glued or screwed in place. Woods are marble wood for the sides and mahogany for the top and bottom. By the way, that marble wood is very brittle and comes off the router in little slivers that get everywhere and won’t let go. Love the look though. Tung oil finish.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 04:50 AM

Marblewood is a bear to work that’s for sure… It’s heavy as all get out as well. I did a vertical grain cutting board out of it (AMAZING figure in that stuff…) and you could use it as a weapon if you could pick it up.

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 05:53 AM

Nice looking box. I made a marblewood table for my dad with nice sharp edges that found my shin on one occasion during the build. That was not fun. I tried to use my second-hand 40 yr old jointer on the marblewood. It was not a pretty site. I too love the look of marblewood though.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 07:19 AM

Great box. Loce the how to on the bottom. That marble wood is fantastic. Haven’t used it yet, but it is sure pretty.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 07:36 AM

Wow, a cutting board out of marblewood – you’re killing me… Thanks for the comments guys.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 08:26 AM

Very cool box.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 02:44 PM

nice box, i like the way u put the lid so it stays open by itself. i’ve been looking for a little chain or something to hold mine but i think i might try your way first.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 01-20-2010 02:16 PM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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