dovetail box with hidden storage

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Project by jjempson posted 08-05-2010 09:41 PM 2982 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this box came to life during a quiet lunch time at work…the thought that passed through my mind went a little something like this…...must practice my dovetails…..and so it was born. the wood i found laying around in the depths of sawdust around the workshop.. machined it into 4 pieces of clean timber…set up a sliding bevel to 1;8 and sharpened a pencil and set out marking lapped was just ment to be a simple square when finished…but then my imagination got the better of me …i added a raised and fielded panel for the base(not in photos..sorry but it matches the top).and o thought i was happy…but allas…the sawdust that flowed through my young vains would not let me rest…...i had to put a lid on …...but then another thought passed through my mind….a secret place ….a few scetches later and a few more miters i was there….a lovely square box…..4 flat square sides and a panel for the top…again i could not leave it felt unfished…not worthy of polish….so i ground up some cutters for the spindle moulder and went mad and push the limits of my self but also the spindle….at last i was there…reached the end like frodo with the ring….at last i could rest….polish was layed on like a silk coat and my hiden stash of tools lay snuggled inside…ps if you have just read this well done and thank you… :)

-- jjempson

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 10:16 PM

Nice. Roy Underhill did a couple similar ones a couple of years back, one a bible box and one a candle box if I remember correctly. Neither looked this nice though… Both had a secret compartment, one in the top like yours and one had a false bottom.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 12:33 AM

A woodworker, a poet, a writer, artist, iliousnist, a thinker and a teacher. Great box!!!

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 04:34 AM

Really cute! The little guy that is! The box isn’t bad either.

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 06:30 AM

CAts out of the bag now!! Where ya gonn hide stuff? Nice work on that one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 04:11 PM

Very Nice Box! I loved the story also…. Like Frodo with the ring.. HAHA Great.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 03:31 AM

very nice style and execution. great color Bud

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