Dovetail Box

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Project by Jim posted 1920 days ago 2037 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at using a dovetail jig – only a few minor “oops” on the joints. Box is quilted maple and sapele with a birch ply bottom, finish is a couple of coats of a tung oil mixture. Lid is hinged on pins that I could have/should have done when the box was assembled so they’d be hidden instead of being “covered” with filler; functional but not pretty… :-)

-- Jim

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#1 posted 1920 days ago

Very striking looking. I’m really starting to dig the contrasting wood look for small projects. On big pieces it can be a bit “loud” but for small stuff it seems to help.

One idea I have after reading your comment about the hinge pin and wood filler, you could make the pin part of the design, or maybe craft a cap or covering inlay. Perhaps a strip running the length of the top (and bottom for balance?) of the side that can be installed to hide the dowel end? Don’t run edge to edge with the strip, it would be a stopped groove (router and some chiseling) so it doesn’t step on the dovetails.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 1920 days ago

Great ideas on hiding the pin – thanks! I was thinking about the cap idea as well using sapele to make square caps ala Greene & Greene style – I’ll post an updated picture when I get something worked up!

-- Jim

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#3 posted 1920 days ago

Very Nice project. I loved the look of the dovetails. It looks like a lot of labor but the fixture must cut your time way down. It still not as easy as it looks and it looks great…

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 1920 days ago

This is a new approach..I like it.Well done Jim.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#5 posted 1920 days ago

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 1920 days ago

Very beautiful box. Great work Jim!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 1920 days ago

Very nice, I really like the contrast between the two woods.

-- Gary, Missouri

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#8 posted 1919 days ago

great box.. really stylish

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 1791 days ago

great work

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

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#10 posted 1791 days ago

This is a cool box nice design and great wood contrast.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1769 days ago

Man, there’s nothing like a great dovetail joint – except for one made with contrasting woods. Great work – I love it!

-- Ahhh...I love the smell of sawdust in the morning...

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#12 posted 309 days ago

I love contrasting woods. Great job.

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