Here’s my second dovetail box. I made this for my Dad for his birthday. There were three things I wanted to achieve on this project:
On the last box I had a slot for the lid to slide in. This works just fine but I really wanted to make a box which was completely flush all the way round.
At some point during all my dovetail practice I produced a dovetail joint which wasn’t tight or loose and was able to open and close snugly. This gave me the idea of a dovetail joint as part of an opening/closing mechanism.
I’ve been largely focusing on my woodworking skills but ultimately I’m at the beginning of a long journey to build up a wide range of skills across many materials and techniques – not just wood. To kick things off I wanted to include an element of bass on this project. I decided to keep it simple and add a little bass handle for opening the lid.
- Box sides: Recycled Rimu
- Box front/back: Beech, recycled from some 65×65 table legs (Probably scavenged from Auckland inorganic collection!) Ripped into 15mm boards on the table saw.
- Box top/bottom: Okoume 4mm plywood
- Brass handle: Recycled from chrome on bass window stays we’ve been replacing in the house
- Finish: Penetrol wood oil.