NARRA BOXES #4: The 3x6x12 Dovetail with A-framing lid

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 08-31-2011 04:44 PM 2508 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Additional to these Narra parquet boxes is an experimental Aluminum framing on the lid plus division and tray. It turned out good. I have not finished yet the finishing and the lid handle so please bear with the raw unsanded pictures of the box… I just want you to see it prior finishing it. You can still spot the errors.

The challenges…
Gluing the parquet pieces…. I have to make a 3 inches wide from this parquet so I added both half inch strips on the side of a 2×2 parquet.

The lid is done perfectly fitting overlap with Aluminum frame brass plating… find hard to look for the proper glue but in the end it was my PVA used for wood that stick good. Cut the miter with my miter saw with a blade that is for aluminum.

The dovetail… though this is not my first.. it took me a more time to figure out how will I cut the inner portion of less than 1/8 inch pins opening. Well, I use a coping saw that works alright.

The trays and divisions…. I have to use a thinner narra parquets…. This time I use 5mm thick. Just normal.
The tray bottom board is a very strong wood… (MOLAVE).

As you can see… the greatest challenge for this box is to finish it. Sanding … I have to prevent contact with the aluminum framing. The varnish to be used and final coat. The lid handle or know will also be a challenge.

Some other pictures:


THE SIDE ….. Look how the a-framing fits snugly on the box. Maybe I will have a problem when I apply the finish as it will widen.

Till next..

-- Bert

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 05:34 PM

Hey Bert, I like what I see so far. The parquet lid is very interesting. I’m looking forward to the finished box.

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 07:55 PM

Beautiful Bert!

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 04:11 AM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 05:59 AM

Nice Bert..can’t wait to see the finished box.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 06:05 AM

always moving into new worlds bert

and well too

look forward to the finished box

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 12:27 PM

You’re a Box-making Machine Bert!!
Picture-perfect Dovetails, and I like the Aluminum idea…
Is that one piece, formed and cut to fit?
Great Job my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 12:42 PM

Thanks Mike,
Actually that frame is also recycle angle bar or you may say an L-bar brass plated. I cut the corners in miter saw being sandwiched by two wood splits to avoid a tearout and easier control. I saw this technique with those framing shops. The secret in measuring the exactness in cutting the dimension from inside face otherwise the cut will be short. Well, like they said… practice makes perfect.

-- Bert

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