Don't know about a web page, but dovetail the sides, and make the top and botto
so they slide into grooves. No artificial fasteners needed, but not
particularly clenver or unusual.
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other
is pulling up." Booker T. Washington
You will still use glue, but miller dowels are an option too.
I included that link for its photos
Direct link to miller dowels is:
No nails, glue, machine tools or rulers.
Here's another way.
Cut a box joint, with interlocking fingers (tablesaw or router table
jigs help). Use fairly thick timber.
Groove the bottom of the four sides, so that the base is held inset in
Assemble the box joints, trapping the base.
With a drill press (for vertical accuracy is important), drill
downwards in each corner, through the interlocking fingers of the box
joint. Insert a tight-fitting bamboo peg, made from a barbecue skewer
or planed-down chopstick. You don't need to go all the way down, just
maybe an inch for a typical jewellery box. Plane the top of the peg
To be honest, all of these are cheating. They're nailed boxes, just
using wooden treenails instead of iron nails.
Find a book on traditional jointery. I have seen designs from the 18th century
where each dovetail locks the one before it and when you are done you have a
solid box without any fasteners that can be easily taken apart ... if you know
where to start.
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