Sliding Top Fishtail Box

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Project by danriffle posted 1345 days ago 2386 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the sliding top box I made to show how the ‘fishtail joint’ is made. It sat on a shelf for about a year until I finally finished it recently. The build is detailed here.

The joints are not glued, but hold tightly by friction alone. The box is finished with tung oil.

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#1 posted 1345 days ago

Very nice design

Well done

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#2 posted 1345 days ago

Very nice job. I don’t recall ever seeing that type of joint. Is that done on a dovetail jig with a different Bit?

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 1345 days ago

Thanks, guys!

SST, it was done with a plug cutter and forstner bit. I detailed the build in a blog—

I thought this up one sleepless night, then finally got around to making it.

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#4 posted 1345 days ago

Very nice box.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 1344 days ago

Interesting idea. Did you invent it? Too bad yoiu didn’t do a sliding fish tail for the top :-)) Nice work.

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

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#6 posted 1344 days ago

Nice joint detail. The blog is very helpful in understanding how you did this. Thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 1341 days ago

What a little gem Dan! Love all the details on this piece. Very interesting and well done…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 1321 days ago

Well Done !!!!!

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#9 posted 1309 days ago

Thanks for the kind words guys. I would hesitate to say I invented anything when it comes to woodworking, but I had never seen another example of this sort of joint before I made this. I was actually contemplating how I could make a cove & pin joint when I came up with this.


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#10 posted 810 days ago

Sweet box!!...............Jim

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#11 posted 810 days ago

Excellent! The horizontal boring capabilities of the Shopsmith and your ingenuity make for a very good looking and unique joint.
Thanks for posting it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 810 days ago

You did a fine job on it and I like the joint. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 810 days ago

Thanks guys! I’m still using this as an ammo box for my black powder pistol.

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