Walnut box with a sliding lid

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 10-18-2012 01:07 AM 1476 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m now starting to work on some Christmas Gift’s, a long time ago Steve Ramsey (Wood working for mere mortals) posted a sliding lid box and I really liked it. I thought it would be cool if it was long enough for pencils, and I also thought it would make a good gift. I made mine out of a block of walnut that was 4’’ thick, I cut it up into several 1/2’’ pieces. Steve Ramsey used a sliding dovetail joint on his lid which is the best way to make the lid slide. But I don’t have a router table so I couldn’t figure out a way to cut the sliding dovetail. I just raised my TS blade up a 1/2’’ and cut out a dado into the box so the lid would slide. My box is 2 3/4’’ tall, by 7 3/4’’ long. It’s a great project that is really fun to make.

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 01:27 AM

Nice box AJ. Practice makes perfect!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 02:11 AM

Nice work AJ Steve always comes up with fun projects.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 02:24 AM

Yeah he does! His projects are great, I’m always look forward to watching his new video every Friday!

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 02:28 AM

Your box looks nice! The sliding top is a nice touch! I think they will make great Christmas gifts. Maybe one with a maple lid for some contrast. or a contrasting handle would be nice.
good work AJ

-- Tony UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it.." Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 10-18-2012 02:29 AM

Nice box, AJ. You will be really cranking out the projects when you get your router table done. Look what you do without it!!!!

One way to get close to a dovetail is to tilt the blade about 10 degrees and cut the inside of that dado on an angle on both sides. Then cut the same angle on the sliding lid. You will have little gaps in the corners where the lid fits.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-18-2012 01:08 PM

Nice Work!
That Box is cool AJ!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 10-18-2012 04:21 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys! Yeah, I’m really glad I got around to making the router table! It’s going to be super handy in the shop!

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#8 posted 10-18-2012 04:45 PM

It makes a real nice box. Congratulations.

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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#9 posted 10-18-2012 08:05 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! Sorry if it was hard to read about this box, it was a little tricky to type it out the way I built it.

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#10 posted 10-18-2012 08:36 PM

Possible to include a link to Steve’s box?
... would save a lot of looking… LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 10-28-2012 10:55 PM

Tilt the saw blade after the dado(groove),do not move the blade then chamfer top to fit(same tilt).

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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