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    Matt McGrane

    I had picked up for free a small set of pine shelves (I got them just for the wood) and had some leftover pieces, so thought I’d make a box. Approximately 10″ wide, 8″ deep and 8″ tall. This box was made as a solid box and the upper 1.5″ was cut off to make a lid. The corners are dovetailed. The top and bottom are rabbetted all around and the rabbets fit into grooves cut into the sides. The top panel is thicker than the bottom panel, so I could raise the panel. I added a lid pull that is dadoed into the front of the lid

    I added a tray that fits inside the box. The tray is dovetailed like Paul’s dovetail boxes and the divider fits into stopped dadoes like Paul’s sandpaper box.

    Finished with three coats of clear shellac and then paste wax.

    I have no use for this box, so it’s just sitting on a shelf now. But it was sure fun to build. Thanks for looking.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:



    Very nicely done, thanks for sharing. I like how the grain wraps around the box in the first picture.


    Frank Joseph

    You did a VERY nice job on it. If and when you can build a second reduce the size of the dove tails by 30% and plane the wood to 9/16. This will give you a good leas on in planing. Keep going you are doing good.

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.


    Greg Merritt

    That’s a nice little box. Tight and clean work all around.



    Very nice!

    [quote quote=123138]I have no use for this box, so it’s just sitting on a shelf now.[/quote]

    If you need help with a use, send it to me! 🙂


    John Crisman

    Nicely done!


    Matt McGrane

    Thanks guys.

    @dwaugh, if you’re serious about that and live in the US, let me know where to send it to and it’s yours.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    Dave Riendeau

    Nice little box Matt!



    mike forbes

    Love the box! Great work. I always have takers of extra shop projects on facebook 🙂 I am starting the boxes in Paul’s book next week. How long did it take?




    That’s one good looking box, with very neat dovetails. I especially like the thingamajig in the lid for easy opening. Nice touch.


    Derek Long

    Nice job!

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado


    Matt McGrane

    Thanks again everybody.

    @forbeskm – the box took about a week to make, plus a couple days for finishing. I am, after all, the “Slowest Woodworker in the West, East, North and South”.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:



    Nice work Matt, I’m shure you’ll find some use for it.



    David Gill

    Nice chunky looking box that has been very well made, I like the lift out tray and the lid lifting tongue. How thick is the wood you have used for the main box.

    Next time I am looking for a project this box is one I would seriously consider

    Wigan, Lancs. England :


    Matt McGrane

    David, the main box sides were a little less than 3/4″ – started out about 3/4 and after planing were probably about 11/16″.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:

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