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post #1 of 6 Old 12-31-2011, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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First Dovetailed Box - Spalted Maple, Claro Walnut and Curly Cherry

I've only recently stood up my meager wood shop on my ~350 sq ft covered patio and Tuff shed. My father, who is a career carpenter, has spent his working life on commercial construction, concrete form/decking, and some commercial trim. Needless to say, he's pretty excited to finally have a wood shop where he can play around with lighter and finer materials as he nears retirement.

When I gave him Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe, he went to town trying out many the techniques on some (more or less) free scraps I'd gotten thrown into a lumber/tool deal. Many of them have a lot of character.

This is his second or third box I believe, the first completed dovetailed item he's produced. The scraps weren't exactly labeled, but we think it features a top of Spalted Hard Maple, sides of Claro Walnut and a bottom of Curly Brazilian Cherry.




He was determined to do this project old world style. Everything was laid out with only a brass dovetail template, a depth gauge and pencil. All cuts were done with chisel and mallet.

The finish is two coats of oil-based poly.
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Good job, an excellent first attempt. I like the hand dovetails.

One suggestion, lose the router. Hand worked edges would look better on a little box such as this, IMHO

Thanks, Bret
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Wow, somebody's on a roll. First the bookmatch, now dovetails. Awesome work. I love the grain in the lid. Nice job.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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Certainly not I... I'm still pluggin away at my library wall unit.

He's certainly on a roll, yup. I'm almost certain he'll turn those book matches into boxes as well...
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Certainly not I... I'm still pluggin away at my library wall unit.

He's certainly on a roll, yup. I'm almost certain he'll turn those book matches into boxes as well...

Sorry about that. Somebody, and I wont mention any names, but it's me, is on the computer without his glasses and I was just going by the pictures. Gotta stop doing that. Either way, I stand by my original thought. Nice work.

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Hey, it happens. I made the mistake of sanding without my glasses a few days back.

You don't wanna see what came out of that...

Check out my on-going Project Thread [DIY Chatroom]!
Current Project: 12' full wall library unit
Back Burner: Wainscoting installation, base/chair/casing.
Planning: Kitchen pantry
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