Sliding top box - Cherry, Mahogany, Kingwood

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Project by PhillipsTed posted 09-29-2015 03:09 AM 2790 views 5 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sliding-top box I made a couple of years ago – mostly as a learning exercise for some of my hand-tool skills. Everything here was done with hand tools – from the milling of the stock, to dovetailing, cutting grooves, and surfacing the components. Some of the dovetails are a bit rough at this point. But everytime you cut dovetails, you get a little better. I forgot who said it (maybe Schwarz?), but everyone has a fixed number of “bad” dovetails in them. The trick is to get those bad dovetails finished up so you can get along to the nice, clean joints.

The carcase is half inch cherry. The top and bottom panels are quarter inch ribbon mahagany. The “ribbon and bow” handle on top was carved out of kingwood. All the parts were finished with Watco danish oil and buffed with Ren Wax.


-- Worry less...breathe more...

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#1 posted 10-14-2015 04:58 AM

That’s a nice box. I’m surprised no one commented.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 10-14-2015 02:30 PM

Very nice box. I was thinking of doing something similar as a trial hand-tool project. Your post was timely for me.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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