Box with a hidden drawer

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Project by Jeff Thomas posted 11-11-2012 09:23 PM 2234 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hard maple box with African mahogany accents. This is basically a box made of scraps and pre-cut leftovers that I cobbled together—design came as I was building. It’s about 10 inches by five by five, give or take.

Drawer is mitered with a single, hand-cut, rabbetted, half blind dovetail that basically disappears when it’s shut (only thing that makes it stand out is the lack of splines compared to the back). The hand-cut dovetails are starting to come along… figure a few hundred more and they might start being seamless… Two notches underneath provide it with enough pull to allow me to skip putting on a handle.

Originally built it with a false bottom, but couldn’t figure out a way to get the false bottom out (it was such a tight fit). Gave up, added some glue, made it permanent—though, there’s a hole in the underside big enough to slip a rolled up dollar bill or two inside but might be a bit tricky getting it back out…

Finished with Tung oil.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 11:20 PM

nice box. kinda zen like japanese style furniture.

-- Yves

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 02:09 AM

Like the style a lot

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 02:31 AM

You’re not supposed to get the money out, it’s an investment, just like woodworking. The screenwriter in you has to admit you got pretty good production values in this, a very pretty piece. How very brave of you to show the dovetail though, first draft you say?

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 02:51 AM

Cool box, I like the splines.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 04:22 AM

I like it. Very nice piece.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 08:01 PM

Thanks guys. Had no real intentions going into it, other than hand-cutting a half-blind dovetail, but glad it’s being so well received.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 09:34 PM

Dios mío! que fabuloso trabajo!

Oh my god! so beautiful!

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