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Small box made of cherry. Handcut dovetails. Carved handle. Tung oil. Shellac. The box is not glued to the frame; it just sits on a little spline that runs around the interior of the frame. The lid is a little thicker than the sides of the box. I cut a rabbet around the edge so that it sits about 1/8" into the box. I'm hopin g that after some time the lid and base will darken like the box, itself.

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I really like everything about this box- but especially like the details on the base. The hand cut dovetails are a nice touch.

When you assemble the base do you glue & clamp the miters together or are you putting a pin in each corner to hold them in place for the glue to dry?
I have messed around with different methods for the base assemble in my boxes - still not 100% positive when I go to put them together. But the base adds such a nice touch to handmade boxes.

My family has been to your city many times, very nice.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI
 

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Can't figure out how to delete a comment that I made a mistake in, so I rewrote it below.
 

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Bill, no pins (maybe because I didn't think of that). I don't have a lot of experience with miters, but I managed a miter at the top of the dovetailed corners. That was the biggest challenge. I did a few test cuts for the base. When I was sure the angles were right, I laid out all the pieces in a line with painters tape under what would become the corners, and then rolled it up into a rectangle with an extra piece of tape to hold it closed. This is so small and lightweight, the tape provided all the clamping I needed.
 

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Lovely box really looks great.
 

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The dovetails look tight! Very nice box.
 

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Mike;

Thanks for the response…the miter on top of the dovetails- another awesome detail.

Also, thanks for the explanation of how you put the base together. I am likely going to "borrow" your style/method with one of my next box projects.

Bill
 

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Waiting for the glue to dry. The tape is enough of a clamp, and the box provides an equalizing outward force to make sure the frame maintains its rectangular shape.
 

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Nice work. That should color up nicely with a little time and even faster with some sunlight.
 

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OK - great hand cut dovetails and even greater miter detail
 
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