This is a small Jewelry box I made as a birthday present. The two parts can be rotated and separated, revealing a small compartment inside. The dovetail was cut using a dovetail cutter on a rotary table and hand lapped to ensure the proper fit. There is a spring-loaded acetal ball and mating cavities that provides a detent to keep the box closed.
How I Made It
These are some clips and pictures from the manufacturing process. I didn’t capture everything in depth, and so there is a lot missing, but it should give you an idea how I went about it.
I removed the bulk of the material from both parts using a CNC mill.
The Final Product
I added some paraffin wax to the mating surfaces to make it slide nice, and as a final touch I etched a lavender flower on the top with a laser cutter.
Back when I was parting off the material for this project on the lathe I purposely left a tiny nub in the center of the bottom piece. This lets is spin rather pleasingly on a flat table.