How are these tackle box tops done?

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Forum topic by Chaotic posted 04-23-2009 03:07 AM 2233 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2009 03:07 AM

Pictured below are a couple tackle boxes by Dave Hoover. Since it seems I’ll have plenty of fishing time this year (but no money for wood, always a catch) I think I’m going to build several small tackle boxes set up for different things. I was wondering if anyone could give me the lowdown on how these “one piece” looking tops are done. IE, they aren’t the type that are made to looked trapped or raised or otherwise separate like most you see.

Surely it’s not just a board glued on top then pattern routed (or otherwise trimmed) to size? Cross grain issues…If you’ve ever looked at his site the tops are definitely not veneer, there are some where the top is a contrasting wood and you can see how thick it is. The top is book matched, don’t let it distract you.



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#1 posted 04-23-2009 03:15 AM

Fixed pictures. Exclamation marks? Really? Whatever happened to good old /image tags.

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 03:29 AM

Those are tackle boxes? That top one is sweeeet. I’d buy those in a heartbeat!

-- David,

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 03:39 AM

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 04:15 AM

Dang…..I wouldn’t want to put any old nasty fish stuff in something like that!

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

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 03:12 PM

I think that last picture you posted pretty much shows how the top is constructed. What more do you need to know?

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 03:53 PM

probrably some material that was 8/4 thick, resawn so it bookmatches, glued up then glued on the box itself, fianlly he cuts the top off….at least thats what it looks like to me. If you make on do something else on top so it has a better water resistence. Aftyer all you are taking it fishing arent you?

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 03:57 PM

I believe its pretty much getneds way, the top is probably rabbeted all the way around and just drops into the sides, little glue and a tight fit and some clamps and your done.

Wood expansion is pretty negligible on smaller items making it a lot easier to do something in box form that would blow up if expanded up to table size.

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#8 posted 04-24-2009 12:49 AM

“What more do you need to know?”

I was wondering how he dealt with wood expansion when it appeared to be directly glued. Even tiny boxes people always leave the customary room for expansion. Marcb seems to address that though.

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