Carved Box

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 06-07-2009 04:53 AM 2548 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first attempt at dovetail keys. I made the box for my wife for Christmas. Like most everyone, money was a little tight, but I wanted a special giift for her. I’ve done very little carving before, but found it to be a lot of fun. The top is a special piece of Cherry my son found while doing a cabinet door job. I sort of hijacked it. The sides have some great figure also. Note the birdseye pattern in the cross and heart. The carving was designed around it.


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#1 posted 06-07-2009 04:56 AM

Hey Kent
That’s one cool box nice figured wood and great carving ,well done

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 05:10 AM

Beautiful wood, and beautiful finish. I really like the dovetail keys. I have never been industrious enough to make the jigs I would need to do dovetail keys. I really like the carving on the top.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 06:18 AM

What finish did you use? I am building a small cherry box right now and I really like the finish on yours.


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#4 posted 06-07-2009 06:25 AM

What was I thinking. I should have kept that piece for myself! Great job, dad!

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 06:52 AM

Keep it in the family Kent.. well done.. I especially like the dovetail keys.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 07:24 AM

Really nice work.

-- 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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#7 posted 06-07-2009 07:25 AM

Very nice box. And the personal touch makes it a true heriloom. Keep up the great work.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 01:37 PM

Like the dovetails…......sweet….....very nicely done Kent.

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 02:40 PM

thanks for sharing kent. Have you thought about doing a class on dovetail keys? They look great.

-- RKWoods

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#10 posted 06-07-2009 03:17 PM

Great looking box. I can’t even see your miter joints.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 04:29 PM

Beautiful box!! The wood grain is great and you did a fine job high lighting it with your carving

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#12 posted 06-07-2009 11:48 PM

Robh, If you have a router table the jig is not that hard to make. I guess I need to do a blog, although I’m sure it’s been done here before

JoeinDE The finish is semi-gloss lacquer. Thanks for the interest

RKW, I will do a class on that sometime. Come by anytime and I’ll expain how I did it. See my Router Sled
Project. One of the attachments does that.

Everyone else, Thanks for your interest and encouraging comments


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#13 posted 06-08-2009 02:44 AM

Very nice.

I like the way you used the figure in your carving. Say what you like, but it is something to be proud of and your family will have forever.

Just curious, What did use for finish ?

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#14 posted 06-08-2009 05:07 AM

Nice job Kent. Very pleasing to the eye.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 09-04-2010 04:04 AM

real nice box Kent I bet your wife enjoys it.

-- wchips

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