The unique lid on this box looks like an optical illusion at first glance. The key to building it starts with a single router bit.
The first thing most people notice about this box is the distinctive lid panel. It appears to be hand carved from a solid blank. But it’s actually the product of several glued-up strips that are shaped before assembly. Most of the shaping takes place at the router table. Moving past the stylish lid, the next unexpected thing you’ll notice is that there doesn’t appear to be any way to open it. The lid is slightly recessed within the framework of the box and looks to be “floating” in the opening with no visible handle or hinges. A light push on the front of the lid activates a spring-loaded latch inside. A pair of hidden hinge pins recessed in the box sides and lid complete the illusion.
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- 8 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 57 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Cutting diagram and materials list
- Retail sources for project supplies
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.