mechanisms #2: top opening

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Blog entry by cancharanay posted 10-01-2013 09:17 AM 2777 reads 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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continuing with the explanation of my road in box making, I told that was the box that started everything (made by my uncle)

in my uncle´s box the sliding dovetail was dissembled in the box design, and a hidden little compression spring pushes out the top

Trying to make my road, I started to work with pivoting sides allowing the opening of the lid (notice the little spring against the side)

I improve with torssion spring inserted in the lid.

As I tell you in this project the pivoting sides have some problems, so I tried to make a sliding dovetail box

this was my second attempt of making a top opening box with sliding dovetail (the first is for the museum of awful woodworking)

this is the latch that the sliding dovetail moves

In this box I found many things to improve. The first is the design and construction of the lid (some practice and skills were needed). The second is how dissemble the sliding dovetail and integrate its in desgin, and third was (as not happened in drawer mechanism) that the sliding doetail was as long as the box was, and certain wood thickness was needed

Nowadays I´m working in these items. These images show my actuallity

Thanks for looking

-- Cancharanay, Exaltación de la Cruz, Argentina

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#1 posted 10-01-2013 09:09 PM

Thank you for sharing all the information!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 07:21 PM

Thank you for sharing, I feel like I’m learning so much by people like you who share. The time you invest in me is greatly appreciated. I have liver cancer and I started woodworking as a way to get my mind off the cancer. It’s been a blessing and so have you. Thank you! You can learn about my journey on my blog at

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 07:38 PM

Steve, wood and his magic take us to another dimension. I´m proud to share my efforts in my road of apprentice magician. thanks for your nice comments!

-- Cancharanay, Exaltación de la Cruz, Argentina

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 12:31 PM

muchas gracias por compartir, ahora tengo que animarme y empezar a jugar con alguna de estas opciones.



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