Handcut Dovetail Box with Sliding Lid for Stanley 45

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Project by MrWolfe posted 06-20-2019 01:23 AM 603 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most recent completed handcut dovetail box. It is larger than the others and it is custom built to hold my Stanley 45 combination plane and cutters. It is poplar with a pine sliding lid and pine handles. I used a large chisel to chamfer the lid and give it a “pillowed” look/feel. There is a shallow semicircle dished out area near the center of the sliding lid for pulling and pushing the lid. I blended minwax poly, mineral spirits and minwax provencial stain in equal amounts to make a wipe on finish. Then I applied Johnson’s Paste Wax. It is big and sturdy and so much better than the tattered cardbox box I kept the plane in before I built this.

This last picture shows my bench with the newly built moxon and the shooting boards I have made. I like the height of this configuration but it can all be changed very quickly depending on the type of work I am doing. For making small boxes and projects though this is great and everything is right at hand and at the right height.
Thanks for looking….

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 02:09 AM

Jon is this since the Moxon, or back in the bad back days before?

Nice home for your 45 BTW

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 02:18 AM

Hi SteveN,
I made the moxon maybe 6 weeks ago… maybe a month. The dovetail boxes I’ve been posting are since then. The Stanley 45 box I built on Sunday and Monday.

The moxon just travels around the shop, I’ve got about 3 benches/tables in the shop i use it on and today I had it outside in the shade on a bench.

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#3 posted 06-21-2019 06:30 AM

I like mobile, especially in the shade. Outside here is just wet though right now, we have been getting daily rains almost since February, so I’m staying in the shop. I wish we could send it to folks needing rain. About half the farmers aren’t in their fields yet, gonna be bleak for them.

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