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Hounds Tooth Dovetail Box

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Project by Woodhacker posted 12-21-2008 11:52 PM 10586 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The joinery in this box is hand cut hounds tooth dovetails. I posted a “how to”
blog on this box a while back if you’re interested…and finally got time to finish it.
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I chose three sizes of pins in this box, two sizes of alternating pin sizes is more common for hounds tooth.
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Like the last few boxes I’ve posted this one is Caribbean rosewood and curly maple with a hickory base.

I’ve carried the hounds tooth theme into the top using maple inlays to match the hounds tooth corner joinery pattern .
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I also used the hounds tooth theme in the handle which is mortised into the lid. The handle is actually made of 6 individual pieces as you can see in the picture in the blog referenced above. I tried this with two pieces (one maple and one rosewood) but I couldn’t get the close tolerences I wanted without breaking the rosewood.
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The bottom feet are hand turned with a 1:8 taper to match the dovetail angle. They are “tenoned” into the bottom of the base.
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The finish is an initial coat of oil blend, followed by 11 coats of General Finishes ArmRSeal. Final sanding was 1500 grit followed by rubbing out with auto body polishing compound the two coats of paste wax.

Here are a few more pictures.
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-- Martin, Kansas





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Broda

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#1 posted 12-21-2008 11:58 PM

looks really good
are they paino hinges on the lid?

how long did this take to make?

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 12-22-2008 12:01 AM

Glorious work, Martin. That lid is just stunning.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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majeagle1

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#3 posted 12-22-2008 12:03 AM

Wow, looks beautiful! Great job and what detail, there is alot of work in this box, and it shows.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 12-22-2008 12:04 AM

I missed your blog on this subject the first time, but I am glad I found it now. The box looks great and I really like that the dovetails are a departure from the “norm.” Nice work!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Greg3G

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#5 posted 12-22-2008 12:18 AM

wonderful box. finish looks outstanding. excellent work.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Damian Penney

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#6 posted 12-22-2008 02:18 AM

:) Super nice

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 12-22-2008 02:51 AM

Unique design on the dovetails and some great craftsmanship!

Love it-

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 12-22-2008 02:56 AM

As usual, a Super Project, Super Craftsmanship, and Super Finish!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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trifern

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#9 posted 12-22-2008 04:20 AM

Great design executed flawlessly! Makes me want to try some “flat work” again. Thanks for sharing, Martin.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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cajunpen

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#10 posted 12-22-2008 06:37 AM

Well done – looks like a lot of planning went into the box – well executed DTs.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cobbler

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#11 posted 12-22-2008 03:37 PM

Beautiful box. I can tell a lot of work went into the project.
It truly paid off.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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rikkor

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#12 posted 12-22-2008 03:47 PM

That is a tremendous box. The workmanship appears to be flawless. Thanks for the post.

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 12-22-2008 04:12 PM

Man, that’s a lotta work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 12-22-2008 11:40 PM

Looks like fun. Great job, Martin!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Colin

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#15 posted 12-23-2008 01:20 PM

excellent work, with a lot of care and attention!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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