Sliding dovetail box

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Project by TomGrin posted 01-06-2019 08:09 PM 3494 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little box I made for my sister about 15 years ago. when it’s closed it looks like the dove tails are on the sides and ends. I saw it in a library book many years ago. I can’t find the book anymore. This box is made out of walnut with a wax finish. I used a router to clean out the insides. If I remember, I started out with a square board and cut the shape after I was finished.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#1 posted 01-06-2019 08:46 PM

That’s a nice little box, Tom! I like the touch of making it look confusing by angling the dovetails.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-07-2019 01:10 PM

I bet your sister put something pretty special in that cool little box! Looks confusing and interesting – I love it! :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#3 posted 01-07-2019 01:31 PM

Love the angled dovetails! Might have to ‘borrow’ that idea Tom!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 01-08-2019 05:25 AM

You could have kept a lot of us in suspense by not adding, it started square.

Still is a great outcome, planned or not.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 01-11-2019 02:57 PM

Thank you for the inspiration. I am going to attempt this with my Advanced Woodworking students. I am going to try cutting the dovetail groove on both pieces and gluing in a dovetailed spline to reduce the wasted material produced by milling the key from the top.

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#6 posted 01-12-2019 12:49 AM

I like little boxes like these because they are a useful and a mystery at the same time!
Nice job Tom, I may copy it!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#7 posted 02-12-2019 02:58 AM

I have been wanting to try and make one of those sliding dovetail boxes. I like how you made yours with curves. Nice job!

-- Woodworking is my therapy, I love creating a project that was once, just an idea in my head. Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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