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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-30-2009 06:22 PM 6625 reads 25 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its that time of year again: HOLIDAY PROJECT TIME! So this year, I decided to make a few little keepsake boxes, thanks to some advice from The Great WOODini. I also took inspiration from a box Nicole keeps on her nightstand and developed a new design that is much more practical for the average woodworker to make. The boxes feature a secret locking pin. Once removed, the lid slides off on a sliding dovetail. And as always with these holiday gift projects, you can modify them by trying different sizes, shapes, and wood species to make your own one-of-a-kind box. And since they are so easy to make, its no problem batching out a bunch of them in a single weekend. If you decide to make some, please send me pics of your variations.

Topics Covered:

  • Creating sliding dovetails
  • Using a dowel-centering pin to locate holes
  • Cutting a recess with a pattern bit
  • Sanding end-grain

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 06:26 PM

Interesting project always a professional production well done Marc

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Cory

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 07:19 PM

The project is cool, but the mustache makes it. I’m thinking that should be a permanent fixture on all future episodes!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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thewoodwhisperer

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 07:21 PM

lol consider it done! :)

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thewoodwhisperer

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 07:21 PM

Guess I can’t delete this double post…. bummer.

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 08:20 PM

Very cool box. Worth making some. Thanks

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 08:42 PM

Another winner Marc.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 08:46 PM

I think the great woodinis’ magic carpet landed on his upper lip…

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 08:56 PM

Now I have an excuse to by the rockler circle cutting templet!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 09:37 PM

I’d like for the Great Woodini to visit me to grant a few wishes :-)) Did he come from a wooden box in the forest? Great show ol’ chap!! I’m a great fan of sliding dovetails instead of hinges for most everything from small boxes to the patch boxes on Kentucky rifles.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 09:43 PM

Thanks Mark for posting this. I like the idea of this as a gift!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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Gary

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 09:48 PM

What if I can’t grow a mustache??

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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john

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 09:58 PM

Great job on the video Marc !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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Arnold

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#13 posted 10-30-2009 10:31 PM

Love the brief interruption to educate us on how to repair sudden unforseen scratches that may surface. Has “Someone” found out yet?

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thewoodwhisperer

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#14 posted 10-30-2009 10:38 PM

Hehe, well she knows now! lol

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Eric in central Florida

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#15 posted 10-31-2009 12:03 AM

Great video Marc.
Thanks for the holiday gift project suggestion!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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