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    Spalted maple DT box

    I was so moved by my pal Mark Kosmowski's new dovetail jig that I pulled mine out and made another box. I had the spalted maple hanging around in the attic for years, waiting for the inspiration to hit.
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    oh my, that one is real purty
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    That looks great Ken. I really like spalted maple. I wish I could find some around here.

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    John, you can spalt wood on your own. There was an article in Fine WWing about it a year or three ago. The wood in my box was helped along by my son and me to optimize the spalting.

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    Re: Spalted maple DT box

    Very nice Ken, the spalted Maple sure is fine!!
    Does the lid slid off this box?
    Just curious, as I cannot see a cut line on the side, and the way the box is dovetailed, I would not think you would have it open that way. Maybe we need more pics
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    Stu, yup, the top slides open. I save money on hinges. I'll post some more pictures later.

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    This shows how the box opens. I like this style of box. The dovetails are asymmetric from one end to the other, I like the variation. And they work nicely with no hardware. I'll sometimes screw a little toggle on the end if I want to be able to secure the lid.
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    Great-looking box, Ken. You've also given me some ideas for storing my Two Cherries chisels. Dunno if I'd be up to hand-cut dovetails, but I could always break out the dovetail bit and put the Incra to work. (Or the Rockler dovetail jig that's been used for a grand total of three joints -- one test joint and two joints on a paper towel holder.)
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    I keep most of my chisels on a rack, but a box is good because I can put it on the bench and keep them in it as I use them. Keeps them and me safer.

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    Thanks for the extra pics Ken, but a question;

    If you want to use a chisel, from what I can see, you have to completely remove the lid, is that correct? If you put the block that holds the sharp ends of the chisels the other way round, then, could you not open the box halfway, or more and grasp the handle, removing the chisel

    The reason I ask, is if was me, I'd take that nice lid out, set it on the bench, and then I'd bump it or something near it, sending the lid crashing to the floor I just KNOW I'd do this, so keeping the lid, partially in the box, would solve that problem............ until I knocked the whole darn box on the floor

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