|Project by Don Broussard||posted 06-18-2012 07:14 PM||4631 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
I made one of these boxes as a prototype stackable crate. The overall dimensions are roughly a 16” cube. You will note that the slats on the sides are really sliding dovetails cut at a 9 degree angle (I might use a larger angle, like a 12-15 degree angle, on the next set of crates). The wide part of the sliding dovetail is 1-1/4”. My idea is that the adjacent crate’s side will slide into its mate—the slats are offset by a whole dovetail on each side, so they could be mated up to store stuff with the bottom down (as shown in the first picture) or horizontally with the “top” open for storage like large open cubby holes. The other sides and the bottom are 3/4” plywood. The bottom and sides are joined by a rabbet joint.
I plan to make another crate to show how they mate. It’s hard to describe, but hopefully, I will be able to demonstrate that via pictures once I make the next crate.
I plan to use these in the shop for hand tool storage, and as toy storage when our grandchild gets older.
UPDATE: I made a second crate, intending to show how they mate up (Pictures 3 and 4). Unfortunately, matching up all the sliding dovetails at one time proved too difficult. I have added a couple of pictures showing the concept, but not the execution. While I like the idea, I might change the design to include a different interlocking method. Any ideas?
UPDATE 2: I adjusted the slats and got the two boxes to mate up (Pictures 5 and 6). The sliding dovetails are hard to align and mate up. I had to use a little more force than expected—the boxes may not come apart. Next time, I will try the French cleat. Thanks again for the comments and the ideas.
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