|Project by Druid||posted 01-21-2011 06:23 PM||9908 views||30 times favorited||45 comments|
My “Mystery Box” is a result of too much pondering on a unique twisted dovetail joint that I had seen many years ago. I finally decided to try to duplicate the joint with a couple of variations on the test pieces as shown. When I showed the tests to some fellow carvers, the typical comment was “it’s not possible to assemble”, and of course I would smile and agree. The next step was to work on creating a 6 sided box with all of the sides interlocked using the same joint for a total of 12 “impossible” (according to my friends) sets of dovetails. I used mahogany and basswood for higher visual contrast to show the dovetails more clearly. Just to add a bit more interest, the 6 sides of the box were not cut and reglued, there are no hidden kerfs, and there was no warping or bending involved in the assembly. There are only 6 pieces and they are all solid . . . honest!!!
It’s really a lot of fun to watch people’s faces whenever they have the box in their hands and they try to figure out how it was done.
-- John, British Columbia, Canada