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Project by BertFlores58 posted 01-27-2016 07:22 AM 1934 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple box that is based on an old constructed box called escabaña … a Spanish term that pertains to a box with a sliding lid cover. They look simple but it is so strong because of the joint using a rabbets and also a T & G for the bottom. The original I have at home had a blind dovetail joints for the sides however it 1/2 inch thick.

It is made from Narra parquet 2×6 inch recycled and glued together in two pieces for the sides and 3 pcs 2X6 Narra glued together for the bottom and the lid. The dimension becomes 4×4 x 6 inches with 3/8 thick.

The target is to make 12 boxes. Actually, the first time I made this type of box, I made 15 boxes and they were distributed to different persons as a gift. The one featured above is the second batch…. 11 boxes. Plus 10 pieces more being done in my shop. I like to post how I do it because this is a repeated task and it is quite my mastery. Also there are jigs that I have used…. No machine are involve but handmade. Sawing and planning including the groove were all done manually.

I finished 11 pieces + 1 from previous batch ... this is enough for my reserve purpose.

Believe me, most of my friends want to buy this but they are not for sale….. I could wait… if they wait.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 07:34 AM

Here is the original with my Munchin on the guard.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 07:35 AM

By “parquet”, Bert, do you mean “flooring material”?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 07:47 AM

Hi Mark,

Correct, Narra parquet like woodtiles of 2×6 inches x 1/2 inch thick. I made a blog on this.


-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 01:16 PM

Very nice Bert. Did you make the original with the blind dovetails?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 01-28-2016 12:02 AM

Quite difficult to make the blind dovetail for a 3/8 inch thick. I will try it next time. I know that you have made the blind dovetail in one of your projects. It will be a nice challenge for my hand control. My right hand still shaky even when I am holding a glass of coffee.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 02-01-2016 12:09 PM

Nicely done Bert. I do like those sliding lid boxes in general and particularly yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 01:09 PM

Nice boxes Bert. Looks easy enough that I might even be able to do it!

And I thought “Escabaña ” was that Mexican drug lord that recently escaped from prison! :-)

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 11:39 PM

The key for the sliding box is the one that makes the groove. Also the raised panel will do the rest form adjusting the fitness. I make a 1 mm under size fitting clearance for the varnish coat. I will make a video on this when I make the sides. Thank you for your comment.

For JoeinGa,
Thanks. It was named from very old ancestral word. Will it makes good if we revive the word escabaña for a box. When I search the internet, the escabaña exposed boxes which are tag from lumberjock… good to know that there are some projects being exposed in googling.

-- Bert

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