Half-dovetail box.

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Project by mds2 posted 07-17-2014 01:54 PM 2056 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a Veritas dovetail saw for a Christmas gift this last year, so recently I have been spending quite a bit of time teaching myself how to dovetail. Last week I was making a little box and had it half way assembled when my wife came into the shop. She asked me if I was making some sort of puzzle and thought it looked really cool. So I sat the half assembled box down and gave it a second look. With the pins pushed half way into the tails it gives a great visual of how the joinery works and is an interesting design detail. The lid is arched and has two large dovetails cut in it, leaving a thin strip to grasp.

The box is made of hard maple with a walnut accent.

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 01:58 PM

Like the design… it really is eye catching.

Nice incorporation of the dovetail shape on the lid to tie the concept together.

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 02:17 PM

This is a nice creative design and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 03:02 PM

very cool and unique box, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 05:59 PM

Very nice design, I like the approach.

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 06:03 PM

Love it. It looks like it just contained a dynamite explosion.
This takes exposed joinery to the next level.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 06:23 PM

Yes very kewl design I love it, don’t think i’ve seen anything like it. The way you carried thru the dove tail shape to the top handle ….. great idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 08:28 PM

Very unique. I love the lid, but I think your idea with joinery works well with this box too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 09:38 PM

The dovetails are a real eye catcher for sure, they make this box a standout. Think I gotta try this, thanks for the design tip.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 11:38 PM

When its right, it’s right. Sometimes less is definitely more. Really love the look and the textural feel I get seeing it. Almost Escher’esque

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 12:29 AM

Great design.

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 12:30 AM

Now that is unique. Looks great.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#12 posted 07-18-2014 12:49 AM

Sometimes its harder to do things not the way their supposed to be. Good reward for your very hard work.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#13 posted 07-18-2014 02:03 PM

Very creative, I like the lid. The larger dovetails really help it work well too. Now just push it together a bit more the way it’s supposed to be … :)

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#14 posted 07-18-2014 07:18 PM

Verry interesting variation of dovetails!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-18-2014 09:12 PM

That’s a genius and unique idea! The box looks amazing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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