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Project by Jim posted 01-11-2009 09:08 PM 2166 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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rwyoung

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#1 posted 01-11-2009 09:14 PM

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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Jim

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#2 posted 01-11-2009 09:43 PM

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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Dominic Vanacora

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#3 posted 01-11-2009 11:20 PM

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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Andy

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 01:20 AM

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

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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jim1953

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 01:42 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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woodworm

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#6 posted 01-12-2009 02:30 AM

Very beautiful box. Great work Jim!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Gary

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#7 posted 01-12-2009 02:32 AM

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

-- Gary, Missouri

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motthunter

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#8 posted 01-13-2009 04:43 PM

great box.. really stylish

-- making sawdust....

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 05-20-2009 10:11 PM

great work

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

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 05-21-2009 02:18 AM

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Steve

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#11 posted 06-12-2009 06:13 AM

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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Ottacat

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#12 posted 06-11-2013 04:45 AM

I love contrasting woods. Great job.

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