[Dovetail Box] Adding chip carving...

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 03-13-2013 12:07 AM 1690 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Flush with my modest progress in the last post, I decided to jazz up the little box some before attaching the bottom (which I have already cut and have waiting for installation). I drew out some lines and squares on the front of the box and made a nice little border on the top and bottom.

Here’s the first shot, after I had already completed the top border. It went surprisingly fast. Took about 10 minutes to lay it out and 5 minutes to carve it.

Then I drew the pattern for the bottom—-this is what I did for the top, by the way. After 5 minutes of carving (during which I noticed my knife starting to dull…so guess what happesn next time!) I had this:

Now the front of the box has a nice (for me) little pattern. Oddly enough, it’s either a series of triangles or (like I see it) an undulating ribbon that’s “raised”. I think if I darken the triangles and the lines, it will make the ribbon “pop”. We’ll see what it looks like when I carry the pattern around all four sides…

-- Steve

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 02:54 AM

Looking good. It goes faster as you get practice too.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 10:26 AM

It looks like you are really enjoying this build. It should look very nice when it’s finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 05:10 PM

Thanks guys! Having a blast and just trying to find time to work on it now…real life gets in the way too much some times!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 05:24 PM

That’s nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 11:48 PM

Good work on your box and chip carving. You’ll enjoy the Chip Carving Class going on now in LumberJocks!
See you there.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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