Dovetailed Box

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Project by Luke Addington posted 07-04-2015 02:47 AM 1592 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll be teaching a class on making this dovetailed box at the end of July. This is the simplest box & lid design I could come up with that could be taught in two days. The wood is some nice curly cherry. There’s a floating panel for the bottom. Finish is padded shellac on this one. Will hopefully have time to go over French polishing in the class.

These were the original tails/pins but I did them over as I didn’t want to turn anyone off by making it look too difficult.

No finish

-- Luke,

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 04:17 AM

Nicely done Luke.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 05:24 AM

Thank you Paul!

-- Luke,

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 09:15 AM

A very nice box for a student to begin with. Good luck with your class.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 02:28 PM

Perfect box for the use of dovetails. Usually, the dovetails just get in the way of aesthetics of the box, but here they work great. I like it a lot. Sounds like you’ll have a great class!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 02:33 PM

Luke, this box turned beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 03:04 PM

Luke, I love everything about this box. The dovetails are perfect (I like the original tight pins, but understand how intimidating they could be for your students). The proportions are great. Hope you have a great class and I know your students will enjoy this build.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 07-04-2015 07:07 PM

Thank you everyone!

-- Luke,

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 04:41 PM

Neat dovetails!

-- Patrice lejeune

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