Dovetailed lidded boxes

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I tried making these in the opposite order that I made others. I don't have my mill here in Arizona to cut the dovetails after the boxes are turned. I first dovetail the long pieces on the router table, then fitted the lid to the base and turned them as a pair. I put in a pair of 3/8" rare earth magnets to serve as a lock when closed. they are 4" diameter and 2" high and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

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Very nice Jim 👍
I'm sure they mesh like butta and certainly are nice and secure!
Neat design! What type of wood are these made from?
those are beautiful jim. dont think ive ever seen that done before ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great boxes. Nicely done.

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice looking boxes, I especially like the blue epoxy accent. 
Have you ever considered making the dovetail wedge shaped, so the lid will only slide in & out in one direction? Not sure this has any advantages, just a thought.
Beautiful work Jim, and at 4" x 2" they would offer the owner a tidy little storage space for those favorite little baubles. These would be well received as gifts. Nice job.

Those little magnet catches are a nice touch, as are the flashes of Turquoise.
Looking good, Jim, and good job changing up the order of operations.

May you have the day you deserve!

good looking boxes for sure

Ron

Thank you all for the nice comments.
Hi Barbara. I  guess I for got the wood...it is olive wood.

Hi Tom, If I did them on the mill I could make a tapered dovetail, but  I guess I could taper them with this method too. I'll try that on the next ones. Good idea!! I will put a taper on the straight pieces before cutting the dovetail!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

I like these a lot.  They are attractive and clever.   I may have to try making them.
Nice! Olive wood has some beautiful grain. Someone gave me a chunk. I'm half afraid that I'll be as allergic to the dust as I am to the pollen and fruit.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

That's pretty tricky Jim considering they are round.
How did you index them?

Regards Rob

Realy challenging to make this fit perfectly

...woodicted

Thanks, Swirt, Dark lightning, Rob and Ivan!
Hi Rob I'll be making some more and I'll put in some process shots.
 I cut the dovetails on the base and the lid out of rectangular pieces on the router table. Then I picked up the center of each and rough cut them round. Then I took off the lid and bored the hole in the base. I may make a tapered dovetail like Tom suggested. It should be easy if the rectangular piece are just tapered on one side.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Nice design Jim, they look great as well.
Nicely done Jim, they look great. I have been experimenting with the sliding dovetails for the box lids out in the shop. Never thought about incorporating them into a turning.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks Mike and Eric!.
Hi Eric, make the sloppy if you are finishing them. These tightened up with the buff and wax.

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day