Sliding Lid Box

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Project by DanielS posted 07-03-2014 05:08 PM 1822 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some walnut and ash pieces laying around from other projects, so I decided to make another pencil box. Some people had said that they liked my last box, except for the sycamore endgrain. I decided to make the dovetailed box with all sides the same height and then cut off the part covering the endgrain. I doweled pinned the lid and was going to attach the perfectly matching piece of walnut, but drilled the hole for one of the dowels all of the way through. This is a replacement piece that doesn’t quite match. I should have grooved the end and rabbeted the lid.

I said I made a thousand mistakes on the last box, this one is probably 5 or so less. I definitely had some unsteady hand issues pairing off the ends of the dovetails. Also, i became aware of how many imperfections I missed when I added the finish. It is 3 coats of Watco Danish oil topped with Minwax paste wax. I like the way this one came out even with the mistakes. To me, the combination of Ash and Walnut looks really good together.

The last picture is the modified first box. I paired away the end to round it over some. It doesn’t look as harsh now, but the newer one looks better to me.

Let me know what you think.

-- Daniel S

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 05:44 AM

Daniel, your ideas of how to make boxes like these continues to progress. This is a great start. I had to make 30 or more boxes before I really got my techniques and ideas sorted out. Looks like you are way ahead of where I started. Nice job.

Always good to find a fellow Hoosier on this site. I prefer to soften my edges, especially on smaller boxes. My sister claims everything I make looks like a used bar of soap. In the spirit of sharing ideas on this site, here is an example of my sliding lid box.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 09:08 PM

Great looking box. That is the best part of making them you always learnig something new and/or a better way to do so

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 10:37 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Al, that box is one of my favorites. I haven’t been wood working for too long, so I try not to do too many new things on each project. I did eye the random orbital sander a time or two when I was making this box, though.

-- Daniel S

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