Craftsman’s Toolbox

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Toolboxes take a world of abuse over the years. Corners encounter dings, sides get scratched, and joints bust apart if the box falls hard on an unforgiving concrete floor. That’s why the choices of wood and joint type are critical. For this practical design, we went with ash for its toughness and secured the box, lid, and lift-out tray with dovetail corner rabbets shown in the Dovetail Rabbet Joint Detail in Figure 1. The mechanical advantage of this joint over a standard rabbet joint is that dovetail parts grip each other, creating a more powerful bond. If you like, you can further enhance the joint—as we did—with 1/8" epoxied brass pins.

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