|Project by moonls||posted 05-09-2011 09:13 PM||3707 views||10 times favorited||7 comments|
After finding an article in march 2008 Wood Magazine describing Perry McDaniel’s sliding dovetail boxes, I decided to give it a try. The suggestion was to use woods like walnut and mahogany so that’s what I chose. Because my router table doesn’t have an Incra LS positioner, I had to devise a way to get the accuracy to be able to cut the dovetails and grooves to allow the boxes to open smoothly. To make a long story shorter, I had a lot of trial & error but was able to get some success with locking the fence at the furthest distance required from the router bit and then adding different thicknesses of flat boards that were clamped to the fence. The article suggested finishing with 2 light spray coats of shellac. My shellac spraying needs improvement because I had to sand the boxes down again because the dovetails wouldn’t slide. Again I need to thank Ellen 35 for using briwax to make the sliding very smooth again. The directions suggested that wax was not good to use, but I learned that “rules are made to be broken”! The box latch consists of 2 rare earth magnets (recessed into the top and bottom) that “click” together when the boxes are closed. To help orient the box for opening I inserted a hardwood plug in the top to show the point where the latch is located. The box seem to open on the diagonal because, after creating the sliding dovetail, you cut off the 4 corners of the square. These boxes are meant for small items like rings.
Comments are welcome. Thanks.
-- Lorna, Cape Cod