A random box from ancient times

I was at the Louvre museum with family over the week-end, and came to realize that Egyptians used box joints 4000 years ago.

Considering the treasures showcased in the Egyptian gallery at the Louvre, the fact that I was immediately drawn to that simple box speaks volumes about the level of my CNC/woodworking addiction :sweat_smile:

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Ugh… no dovetails?!? Uncivilized creatures. Their craftsmanship was simply amazing.

I would love to visit the Louvre.

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Julien you are definitely sick. You go to one of the most famous museums in the world where the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci hangs. There are impressionist, Dutch Masters, modernists, cubists and all the other genres that represent the most beautiful art work in the world and you are drawn to a box. There are statues of naked people in there.

you have inhaled too much sawdust and it is now in your blood. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: Well me too!

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Guy:

I’m with Julien on this one.

For the cubist, modernists and impressionist I admit to needing some explanation. A box, even an old one, I get.

Bill

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Box joints or dovetails?

It looks to me like there’s a very slight angle to the pins and tails.

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At this point in my life I think I would be interested in the ancient box more than some painted woman or naked presentation of some woman in marble in some other part of the building. Just spent a day at Disneyland, relational, a lot of good looking women around and I was holding my wife’s hand. One at home is better than a thousand I can view at the park or museum.
(This box kind of appears to be some of my earlier [last week’s] work.)
Rex

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Quite possibly a dovetail, since Google tells me “queues d’arondes” translates to “dovetail” (I have a hard time remembering the English names for the various joinery techniques, let alone remembering their associated French names too…)

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That just looks like finger joints for very large hands.

It’s not just you, I went to Ham House

and the main thing that interested me, after the wood panelling which had clearly seen several generations of craftsperson & tools was the Queen’s brass & wood travelling jewellergy strong box

http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/1139751.1

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Aren’t those called Finger Joints? Have I been using the wrong terminology all this time? :thinking: :face_with_raised_eyebrow: :crazy_face: :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

/smh

I am missing the humour, Eric. I thought that was what I had called them. videlicet:

:grin:

I thought someone had called them Box Joints.
My Sincerest Apology! No offence intended

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None taken… Brits love humour and piss taking so please do not worry.

:rofl:

Will is the culprit who introduced the term ‘box joints’. I am sure he will be along in a while to make good. (Ask for some Carbide Swag)

:wink:

I’ve done both:

Heck, I thought I’d get some SWAG when receiving my SPXXL.
All I got was some little stickers.

Just kidding (a little) :innocent: :rofl: :joy:
Eric

Stickers? You must be the teachers pet! Oh wait… XXL you say?

:grin:

I visited Paris in 2007 to do just that - but the queue of bloody tourists (:rofl:) prevented that from happening! So we walked to the Cathedrale Notre-Dame instead!

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I detest waiting in lines; I would have done the same haha.

The Vatican has a pretty impressive stash of antiquities as well whilst you’re travelling.

I had not thought you would be able to get that close to things from ancient Egypt but the Italians are quite, Italian, about such things :wink:

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Back in 2007 I visited Egypt (in that short period of time when it was not a risky thing to do) and was both amazed by the temples, extremely surprised that one could get so close to things, and furious about the behavior of some of the other tourists (as in, scratching some 4000 years old paint on a wall with their fingernail to see if it came off ? what ?..). They had not yet installed acrylic panes everywhere…

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