Dovetail Box No.2

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:

Flush Look
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.

Opening/Closing Dovetail
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.

Brass
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.

 

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 Materials

  • 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.

 

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