My 11th grade English teacher, Mr. Yuhas, really hated adverbs of degree like almost or nearly. Things either were or they weren’t. Something is not almost round. It is either round or it’s not. You aren’t nearly there, you are either there or you’re not. He would also become angry when he was confronted by something that “seemed”. If you stated that something seemed square, he would question your perception. It is either square or it isn’t. You must be certain. No place in this world for ambiguity.

Mr. Yugas, get over it. Sometimes, things are almost the same.

A few weeks back in What’s Following Me Home (and subsequent posts) I wrote about this blasting caps box I found in Beckley, WV:

Drug out from the archives.

Drug out from the archives.

I spent a bit more time researching the box including looking on eBay to see if there was anything similar out there in the world. Dang if I didn’t find something that seems like it is almost nearly the same thing. I had to buy it. Fortunately, it wasn’t very expensive.

And here they are:

Original on the left, recent acquisition on the right.

Original on the left, recent acquisition on the right.

There are some obvious differences. The handle on the original is a large diameter. the hand pull recesses are different.

There are many similarities:

Both have the same dovetailed dados.

Both have the same dovetailed dados for a latch

I still don’t know what the angled saw cuts on either side of the dados are for. But they exist in both.

Same construction.

Same construction techniques and dimensions.

Similar radii on the side panels.

Similar radii on the side panels.

The handle on the original is mounted using a through mortise and tenon. The handle is turned down from a larger dowel. The handle on the recent box is not turned down and its diameter is the diameter of the through mortise on the other box. If they did use a through mortise, there is no diameter change  to retain the handle. It might slide out.

They seem like they are almost nearly the same.