Slide-Top Boxes

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Project by FloridaArt posted 06-30-2016 02:23 PM 1612 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2016—I was inspired by similar boxes shown in a recent woodworking magazine. The lids look like stainless steel but are actually plastic about 1/8-inch thick made to look like stainless on one side, and black on the other side. This material was salvaged from an old fish tank stand. Tools used were table saw, thickness planer, power miter saw, band saw, belt sander, palm sander, drill press.

Both boxes are pine. The wider box has a mahogany veneer applied to the outside, and a removable insert to allow for three compartments. This could be used as a salt box, with three salt varieties. The spoon could lay on top of the dividers. I left the pine insert and pine insides of the mahogany box un-finished since food may touch it. On this box I added a mahogany handle to the lid (held by a screw), although this is really unnecessary since the lid may be opened by pulling on the end.

The thin all-pine box has an oil-base stain applied, inside and out. Both boxes are sealed with a few coats of Waterlox. Joinery is simple mitered corners with splines for added strength and longevity. I used Titebond 2 wood glue, except for attaching the wood to the plastic where I used CA glue.

I will probably make some more of these. Fun to make, and may be used to store all sorts of things, from office supplies to chess pieces.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 06-30-2016 03:23 PM

Those are really beautiful.

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#2 posted 06-30-2016 04:04 PM

very nice Art.

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#3 posted 06-30-2016 04:58 PM

These boxes turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-30-2016 07:30 PM

Very nice boxes Art. In the early 90’s we had a friend that owned a wine shop and he had me make tons of boxes a bit like you make to hold bottles of wine in different sizes. My wife would paint a Santa or Snow Man on the sliding top. I used cheap cedar but I really like what you have done with your boxes

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 07-01-2016 12:13 AM

You definitely put a spin on the design from the “pencil” box that was featured. They both turned out very nice. I ended up making one box with plans on making several more after seeing the featured box also.

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#6 posted 07-01-2016 12:43 AM

Cool looking boxes. The tops do look like stainless.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 07-01-2016 04:05 AM

nice contrast in colors, great looking boxes

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 07-01-2016 01:11 PM

Nicely done Art. Storage for many different things.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-01-2016 02:11 PM

Excellent !! These very convenient boxes have places in every room in my house, garage, and work shop. Wish I had your skill.

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#10 posted 07-01-2016 02:17 PM

Well done, Art! I love the combiation of functionality, simplicity and beauty!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#11 posted 07-01-2016 05:19 PM

like the mahogany veneer on the wider box. Both look really nice.

-- Love the smell of snow in the morning.

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#12 posted 07-03-2016 12:25 PM

Nothing like salvaged wood, very nice Art.

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