Woodworking Project #2 Dovetails

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I’m posting my hand cut dovetail drawer box (my second wood project) because Karson told me to and his shop is bigger than mine :)

He did post the blog about the hand cut dovetail workshop put on my the Mason-Dixon woodworkers gang. I really enjoyed the event and learned… went home and for practice I did this box from scrap wood. I really enjoyed the relaxation of hand cutting the dovetails. I think I’m posting the picture that shows an interesting optical illusion…

Can’t say enough about how much I’m picking up from the Mason-Dixon group. I suspect Karson will post a blog about our sanding block workshop. It was the first time I used a “real” jointer and then forstner bits in a drill press… I need to get some of those…

The pine box is made from scraps I cut up trying to true up my miter saw and table saw… I had to do some with the scrap.

Okay Karson, I posted. Now can I get back to my first attempt at building face frame cabinets for my saw dust room?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 04:30 AM

Look Great!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 04:35 AM

Yes you can.

Great Al. Nice job. By the way he colored in the ends of the dovetail with a black pen.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 05:15 AM

yeah, forgot to mention… I tried to use up some old left over maple-stain-poly stuff on the sides and for the ends, I dabbed on some old left over walnut stain… using, what else, a Q-tip.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 04-06-2009 05:28 AM

Nice work!

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#5 posted 04-06-2009 07:12 AM

It is an illusion alright. Looks like the tails stick out past the end of box!! :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-06-2009 08:19 AM

Nice touch with the stain, really brings that joinery out (I was wondering what type of wood it is that has such an extreme contrast between long grain and end grain.. wow).

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 04-06-2009 08:33 AM

Very well done dovetails with a great optical effect. Last weekend i tried my first dovetails at a box, but did one mistake next to the other. Had to do more practice till i get a result like yours.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#8 posted 04-06-2009 08:34 AM

You did it very well.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 09:03 AM

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#10 posted 04-06-2009 02:06 PM

Al, you did a good job with this set of dovetails. To be honest with you I would have been embarrassed to even photograph my first set.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 04-06-2009 04:15 PM

Really very good looking dovetails, and the finish just highlights it!

-- Chris

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#12 posted 04-06-2009 07:10 PM

Very nice…I really need to get off my butt and start going to them things…Just gotta find time and the wife’s good graces….

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#13 posted 04-06-2009 09:52 PM

Fabulous job… I just did my first set too (an interior window casing) and though they look fairly good, I’m way to embarrassed to even look at them myself. A far cry from how yours turned out.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#14 posted 04-07-2009 06:13 AM

Very well done. looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 04-07-2009 04:08 PM

Great dovetails. Still waiting to do mine. The dark ends are cool. Right on!!!!!!!!!! Make up a lid for that thing.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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