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Forum topic by PatrickIrish posted 09-09-2013 05:16 AM 2766 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PatrickIrish

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09-09-2013 05:16 AM

I’m looking for fairly simple box joint and dovetail plans for a wood briefcase.

I snagged an Incra LS system off craigslist and once I drill the holes in the router plate, that’s what I want to tackle.

I havent come across complete plans, lots of pics. This will make me sound really dumb but I dont know how the top and bottoms are included in the joints. Dovetailing the sides seems easy, I just cant picture in my head how the bottom and top of the briefcase is included in the joint pattern and attached.

Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-09-2013 12:19 PM

I’ve never seen plans although, I think Rockler has them. If I had to do the project, the top and bottom would be in a rabbit.

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

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 12:29 PM

Popular Science Woodworking projects yearbook from 1984. I got it as a book at the library near me, maybe you can get it near you? This had complete plans for the briefcase and the leather work inside also. Hope this helps. Looks like a fun project

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 03:14 PM

Dovetail joints in a briefcase would mean the wood would be fairly thick and make the case too heavy, in my
opinion. The box joint should be doable. Have fun, and hope to see the project posted here.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 05:39 PM

Plans in Woodsmith, Issue #44, Page 16

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 08:35 PM

Oh yeah . . . I’m looking forward to this being a long running thread with cool pictures. I’ve been ‘planning’ a wooden ‘briefcase’ for a while – though it’s still #116 on my to-do list, darn it all.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 12:21 AM

I used simple miters all the way around, tops and bottoms included for a clean smooth outer surface.
More pics here.

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#7 posted 09-15-2013 09:44 PM

I would use cherry, 1/4” thick, box joints and 1/8” Baltic Birch for the top and bottom.

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#8 posted 09-15-2013 11:17 PM

FWW #195 had plans for such a beast.

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