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This is a OLD post but it looks like a fun project :)

This is what I would do to make the type of Sliding Dovetail Lid Box

1st. put the inlay in the 3/8" thick lid,(bottom of the lid) then use the dovetail bit in the router table and make a pass on both end of the lid,about 1 1/8" from the ends, then flip the lid over and the top is done with the sliding dovetail, then use the band saw or the scroll saw and cut the center out of the main box,then use a rabbit bit on the router table and put a lip on the bottom of the box to hold the 1/8" bottom in place, once that's done glue up the box and band saw the box out to the round or the oval.
Use wax paper on the dovetails at glue up so you can slide the lid in and out after glue up. :) (once you remove the wax paper) :)

Bj :)
 

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