Dove Tail Puzzle box

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Project by abie posted 05-30-2010 10:19 PM 6294 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I modified from the original plan by Mason Rapport to suit my own needs for a tool box
There are no locks just a simple dovetail mechanism to slide to make room for the dovetailed keys to slip through.
Lots of fun to make and learn from.
My aim is to make things which are new and challenging and still serve a purpose.
The handle is from wenge oak and mahogany strips which were bent and glued in a form.
The box wood is from some pallet wood found in the shop. The top is Cherry, dowels and plugs are maple.
Key ways are walnut and purple heart.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#1 posted 05-30-2010 11:14 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-30-2010 11:29 PM

Great tool box! do the sides come out one at a time, or is the bottom dovetail lock two pieces?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 05-30-2010 11:30 PM

Tricky ,beautiful and so well done very cool idea.


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#4 posted 05-31-2010 12:18 AM

Scott: The lid is one piece attached to the two dovetails which slide down into the dovetail key which runs thru the bottom.
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-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 12:42 AM

Great project, it could take awhile for someone to figure out the secret of the sliding dovetail. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 02:15 AM

Great design, very interesting to figure out I am sure

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

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 03:27 PM

Cool puzzle box. looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 06-28-2010 06:22 AM

very nice design…looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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