mechanisms #1: drawer

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Blog entry by cancharanay posted 09-13-2013 12:02 AM 5187 reads 26 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I started woodworking I have three aims. achieve make beautiful boxes in wood and with mechanisms.
This is because when I was a kid I loved them.
My grandma had a box that my uncle made, and I never tired of playing with it. Now, my grandma and uncle had passed away, this box belongs to one of my cousins (I have 42)

This is the box that started it all

You can notice that this is a two parts box. The upper side has a mechanism to open the lid (that will be another entry of this blog), the lower side has a drawer. This box has sliding dovetails that hide the trigger that allows the drawer to open, a Spring pushes out it, when you pull the trigger.

In order to make my own designs, I tried to integrate the trigger to the box. So, the sliding doveteil IS the trigger. These images will help.

The hardware is completed with a piece of steel (old saw blade) that work as latch, the spring, the sliding dovetail, and a groove at the bottom of the drawer. (here some hardwood is needed where supports the latch, I made a little inlay avoiding use hardwood for all the bottom.)

This images are of a box not finished yet, inspired in work of Patron
I would prefer to make the mechanism at the bottom (less visible, or invisible if you put a top in order to avoid the drawer out completely). But, by mistake I made the dovetail groove at the incorrect side, so we have an example box, ideal to take photos :-) )

This is the example box, notice the spring, and the latch

here the dovetail groove with the latch

the groove at the bottom of the drawer

Now, to complete the work the dovetail and some time finishing ;-)

Thanks for watching and comments.

-- Cancharanay, Exaltación de la Cruz, Argentina

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 12:44 AM

Your uncle made an amazing box; I understand why you’re making yours. Your explanation is very clear; thank you very much! I also like the box in the last picture.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 01:31 AM

Great photographs and write up of a very nice project. Thank you for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 02:34 AM

thanks for the post, who doesn’t love hidden mechanisms

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 01:14 AM

I love mechanisms but never understood how to do them. This blog helped a lot. Thanks.

Your “Patron” box looks very nice!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 01:26 PM

sweet work there cancharanay
you have taken all the inspirations
and made them new
and exciting

thats what it is all about

thanks for the plug
and your sharing

and welcome to LJ’s !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 01:39 AM

Very clever and resourceful. I like using things lying around, saw blade. That is very neat.

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 12:02 PM

very cool – thanks for this blog – these are high on my list to make

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 02:47 PM

How smart that is! Thank you!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 11-18-2014 07:29 PM

very kwel thanks sooooo much for the blog this helps a ton

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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