Small dovetail box with sliding lid

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    Colin Edmondson
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    I’m about to start making a little box to store my plough plane & all the bits that belong to it. Sides will be dovetailed (if only for the practise!) and i plan to add a groove at the top to take a sliding plywood lid.
    As I’m laying out for the dovetails it occurs to me that if I position the groove within a ‘tail’ then the groove will show at the back assuming the tails are on the sides of the box. On the other hand if the groove runs between the tails then the end of the groove will show at either side on the pins.

    I know I could avoid that if I made half-blind dovetails but the stock I’m using isn’t thick enough to do that so my question is whether there’s another way to avoid the gaps showing?

    #618619
    Keith Walton
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    You can used a stopped groove or cut a small piece from matching grain and plug it from the outside after. Paul has a video doing the plug in the dovetail boxes video when he makes the pencil box.

    #618644
    Colin Edmondson
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    Thanks Keith,
    I thought I’d checked to see if had already been covered but clearly not thoroughly enough! I’ll try the plug method, I think.

    #618649
    Keith Walton
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    Yeah I’ve done it on some shop boxes and if you pick good matching grain it’s hard to even notice

    #618704
    Colin Scowen
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    I have just started a box as well, but I was thinking to miter the top and bottom corners.

    Colin, Czech Rep.

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