Handcut Dovetail Jewelry Box

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Blog entry by WoodJediNTraining posted 10-11-2012 09:35 AM 7226 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I share with you a decorative box which features hand cut dovetail joints. This box is made of Mahogany and Pecan and its center piece being a Spalted Pecan Panel Lid.

I am no authority on dovetails joints so I don’t go into a lot of detail on making hand cut dovetail joints. There are a lot of training videos and materials out there to reference off of.

I used some of the pecan Which I had milled from free logs delivered to me by a tree service.

When I re sawed the boards, there was some spalting

so I chose to use parts of these spalted areas which were filled with colorful and decorative grain patterns as the main center piece of the box. I incorporated this into the boxes lid.

Here is a video of the build. I hope you enjoy this project.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 02:45 PM

Oh man! The box in itself is a Jewell! And to think you did it from the raw lumber… That is quite an accomplishment! Congratulations

-- Valentin

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 05:53 PM

Great looking case.

From ‘Raw’ to ‘Awe’ nicely done.

Fine Fit and Finish.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 06:00 PM

Nice work. I used to take box building for granted. I’ve since realized that building boxes is all about creating accurate joints.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 06:17 PM

Your box looks really great and the joints look very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 06:52 PM

Thank you Valentin and GrandpaLen, I greatly appreciate that. Valentin, ever since I had the pecan logs milled and stacked for drying, I have been biting at the nail waiting to start using it. I am very pleased with the wood the logs produced. nobuckle, accurate joints is what “holds it all together”.. :O) and I learn something new from every project every day. I don’t take anything for granted, and I try to challenge myself more and more with each project. Helluvawreck, thank you… I was pleased with the outcome of the joints. I don’t do dovetails very often so when i do do them, I look forward to when it comes time to put it together. I think sneaking up on the fit is the key that way Im ensured to have a relatively good fit in the end. I really appreciate you guys for reading this blog and your feedback.. Thank you all!.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 01:15 AM

Man! Your dovetails look as good as my router made dovetails,14 degrees and all!..............................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 01:36 AM

Great box with PERFECT joinery. It makes it more special when you start with a discarded log and create something this nice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 02:11 AM

Thanks wooded! cutting within the waste area then sneaking up on your layout lines to finesse the fit i think is the key to the dovetails turning out nicely… And gfadvm I appreciate that.. and I’m happy that I can now get into some of the pecan stack I had milled and drying. Its now ready to use, and I couldn’t be happier about the quality of wood that came out of those logs.. I appreciate your comments and feed back guys.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#9 posted 10-12-2012 11:35 PM

Been looking for some other video to see how you built this…..............................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#10 posted 10-13-2012 02:17 AM

wooded, you mean other then the video in this blog? there isn’t any other video.. I do have a follow up video that just talks about some random things and about the lid of the box. other then that, there isnt any other video.
oh also wooded referring back to your first comment.. the tails are marked at 8 degrees

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#11 posted 10-15-2012 08:43 PM

Very awesome Laney.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 07:43 PM

Well done I enjoyed the video. I like how you did the top as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 10-17-2012 07:51 PM

Thank you Roger! Glad you like it. Hey Ken, That Pecan was too nice not to display it somehow.. :O) I am glad you liked the way I built the lid.

Thanks for all the great comments and feedback guys.. I really appreciate it.

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#14 posted 11-11-2012 12:54 AM

Beautiful box!

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#15 posted 11-22-2012 08:52 PM

Thank you Beginningwoodworker, I appreciate that!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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