Tool Box with true half-blind dovetails

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Project by AdamScudder posted 11-14-2011 04:01 AM 4318 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I modeled this box after Tom Fidgen’s, I just used sliding dovetails instead of dados. The dovetails are mitered on the inside so that the tails and pins appear to be full but there is no endgrain to the tails.
The lid is oak, as is the handle, however the case was done in butternut for the sake of cutting down the weight.

-- Adam Scudder Woodworking

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 04:07 AM

Beautiful tool box. I love those dovetails! Is that a Union X plane?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 04:11 AM

Very nice work !


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 04:11 AM

Looks great! What is the finished size? Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 04:51 AM

Nice toolbox! Looks like a handy size.

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 11:58 AM

Beautiful toolbox.

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

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 02:14 PM

Very nice! Well done…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 03:34 PM

I would love to see the inside of the box. Well done.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 05:22 PM

Great job on this tool box!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 09:03 PM

I agree with snow dog. Need to see the inside of the box. The Mitered dovetail is a really nice addition to Tom’s design.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 11-15-2011 02:26 AM

Very nice project; I thought I recognized it from Tom’s book. You did an excellent job on the project and I like your choices of wood.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 03:08 AM

Thanks guys! That’s a Union x plane that’s right, grooved sole for reduced friction, and locking adjusting nuts…a nice place
The inside is nothing special, i didn’t even finish it, if you know Tom Fidgens design, then you know how the lid slides out and covers the side; well, I mortised in 1/4” cube rare-earth magnet to the outside of the divider towards the top, so i can stick my 6” rule, marking knife, square, etc. to the box. This puts it in easy reach and I dont have to look for it in the tray if I’m involved in a project.

-- Adam Scudder Woodworking

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 04:06 AM

Great work and an inspiration to all tool box admirers!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 05:12 AM

Ker-Pow !!!!
wow..can you make one for me too~;)
those mitered dovetails are amazing…you have patience; and skills.
really great work. thanks for posting this.

-- tom fidgen,

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 05:13 AM

oh, yeah…I hope you don’t mind if I post a link on my web site?

-- tom fidgen,

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