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Sliding Lid Box

author-gravatar harrison17 Nov 19, 2018

I had a few pieces of pallet wood kicking around so I figured I would do something with them. I know, pallet wood is gross or something like that.  Walnut and I think sycamore with a plywood bottom that I covered in fabric. Finished with shellac and wax. 

I used hand tools mostly with an assist on the bandsaw for any rip cuts and my miter saw for rough crosscuts. I made it hard on myself and built the box to the lid instead of the other way around because of all the figure the lid board had and I didn't want to lose any of it.  This is getting sent to my dad for Christmas.  

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Finished project first

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The boards I was planning on using.  I didn't end up using the oak board on the left.

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This is when I decided to build the box to the lid.  I wanted to preserve as much of this board as I could

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Dimensioning.   Right in the middle of this project I moved my hand tools from the garage to a spare basement bedroom which is way more enjoyable to work in.  It has better lighting so I tried to take more pictures. 

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Gauge line popping off 

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Really long gauge line letting me know I've hit my mark

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Squaring the ends 

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Dovetail layout

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Cutting the waste out with a fret saw.   I used to chop all the waste and it took me forever.  This is quicker and I like it better.

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First time using the blue tape trick.  Made it easier to see 

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Smallest pins ever cut.  It was challenging for me.  My 1/8" chisel was too bulky so it made things difficult.

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Time for the grooves

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The end of a stopped groove

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Stop groovin

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Fine tuning things

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Working on rabbeting the lid

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More fine tuning

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Tiny little shavings

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Yay it fits

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I used spray adhesive to attach the fabric to a piece of plywood for the bottom.  Couldn't have been happier with the results 

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Adding a slight curve to the lid

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Made a curved finger recess with gouges to make it easier to open

3 comments

Beautiful box, Kevin! You had walnut & sycamore pallet boards? Dang!

@Sean  said:

Beautiful box, Kevin! You had walnut & sycamore pallet boards? Dang!

Thanks Sean! I only use the finest of other people's trash.  (and it's Steve :)  )

@harrison17  said:
@Sean  said:

Beautiful box, Kevin! You had walnut & sycamore pallet boards? Dang!

Thanks Sean! I only use the finest of other people's trash.  (and it's Steve :)  )

Omg, my bad man. I got the usernames mixed up!!! Sorry about that man!!!

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