In his next issue of "The Lost Scrolls of Handwork" e-magazine, Salko Safic will present an article on how to build a sliding lid box for a set of dominoes. Since I do some editing for him, I got an advance copy. I thought I'd make a box or two to make sure the article accurately covers the build steps.
I won't give the build details here since you can read about them when the next issue comes out. The first box is made from some 1/4" thick "manufactured" pine and sapele.
|Pine and sapele sliding lid box|
|The lid slides in grooves plowed in the sides|
Just as I was finishing up the box, my wife asked me to make one for her set of dominoes. Her set was in an original cardboard box and came with instructions.
|The domino set - a bit yellowed with age|
The box is made from 1/4" thick quarter-sawn white oak for the sides and sapele for the ends, top and bottom. The build went smoothly, but there are some details that I'll mention. Gluing and clamping often involve some challenges, and this was no exception. The corners are joined with a single dovetail. When gluing up, I made a spacer that fit in between the sides so that they wouldn't bow in when clamps were applied to the dovetails.
|Spacer kept the sides from bowing in during clamp-up|
|Wedges create the clamping pressure when gluing the lid to the lip.|
I'm using my planing stop and a batten held with a holdfast as the fixed ends.
|All shined up|
|The finished box, all loaded up|