|Project by Jon3||posted 1761 days ago||1483 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a jewelry box I made for my new wife in African Mahogany and Curly Maple, dressed in tinted shellac and wipe on poly.
The dovetails are all hand cut. (Can you tell which ones I had to fix? I can.)
The quadrant hinges are an awful pain to keep lined up perfectly. I think I’m going to go back to standard hinges!
I learned a whole boatload of things on this project:
1.) Hardware is harder to install well than it looks.
2.) Full mortise locks are a much bigger pain in the butt than half mortise locks.
3.) You only need 1 or 2 drops of transtint dye in your shellac to make a BIG difference.
4.) Plane curly maple very….very…..very…. slloooooowwwwwllllyyy…
4a.) Buy that scraper plane instead.
5.) Cutting dovetails by hand doesn’t get any easier, unless you practice.
6.) Don’t be afraid to use those hand-cut tails on a project. They’re quite fixable.
I just went ahead and photoblogged the buildout.