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Gemel E Butler

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Gemel E Butler

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a little tool box or craft box with T joints ( modified dove tail) and Wedge Mortise and Tenon

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Material Description Price
Birch Plywood

Birch Plywood

Thickness: 1/2 in, Dimensions: 12 in × 24 in

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what you will need

1- 12″ × 24″ × 1/2" piece of ply wood or MDF
wood glue
brad nails

you will also need a hand saw and a mallet.


cutting the parts

90 minutes

So this is the part where you fire up easel. grab a six pack (of coke) and watch it run.


Parting and Triming

10 minutes

once your X-Carve is finished remove all the pieces from the wast. Trim the tabs and any left overs from your parts.


first sanding

5 minutes

give all of your pieces a good quick sanding. Make sure to smooth out the edges as they will be harder to sand once it is all put together.



5 minutes

Time to start putting everything together. The side pieces only go in the ends one way so arrange the pieces and glue everything up. Use a mallet if necessary to set the joints fully in to place.



5 minutes

After we put on the first side we need to add the handle because we will not be able to if we put the other end on. Start by sliding the tenon in the mortise then look on the out side and find the 2 slots in the end of the tenon. Place 2 of the 4 wedges in the slots and hemmer them in as far as they will go. Hammering in the wedges will cause the tenon to expand and be wedged in to the mortise.


add the other end

10 minutes

repeat the last 2 steps


add the bottem

10 minutes

I did not get complicated with the bottom of this box. Simply glue and slide in to place flush with the bottom edge of the box. Add a few brads around the side to hold it in place if you wish.



5 minutes

Add a few clamps to hold everything in place while the glue sets.


trim the wedges

5 minutes

After the glue has set use a hand saw to trim the wedges flush with the side of the box. Be careful not to cut or mare the side of the box while doing this.


final sanding

Give the box a good final sanding. Give extra attention to the joints to make them flush and smooth


adding a finish

Finish the box how ever yo would like. I used a few coats of Polycrylic clear coat with a light sanding in between each coat.


use and enjoy

I made this box to hold my craft paint set but you can use it for all kinds of things.