just a little box to try dovetails out.

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Project by Ollie posted 06-08-2009 06:29 PM 2149 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a little box I made from padauk and a bit of lovely tiger maple. I wanted to try dovetails by hand and so i just had a go really. I am not too happy with the results. But I did not use a bench, because I just dont have space and my workshop is basically the garden when its nice, or my bedroom if it rains. I used a japanese back saw which I must say is awesome. The maple strip is just glued into a routed slot.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 07:00 PM

I can’t believe you did that without a bench. How good would it be if you had one? Good job


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#2 posted 06-08-2009 07:30 PM

These look pretty good for a first attempt, especially without a bench.

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

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 09:22 PM

Looks like a good try. How did you hold the pice ot work on it?

-- 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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#4 posted 06-08-2009 09:39 PM

hi thanks for your comments. I just kind of rested my knee on top of it on my toolbox. not ideal I know. I will build a bench soon.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#5 posted 06-08-2009 10:10 PM

very nice 1st dovetails !
the japanese worked much the same as i understand it ,
a little stool/workbench/tool box ,
that they rested the work on ,
and knelt on to hold the work ,
why all their tools are in the pull mode ,
the work to themselves as the vice !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 06-08-2009 11:44 PM

My hats off to you! I still havent tried anything like this.Thats a pretty hard wood to be starting out with and it is sure pretty.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 06-09-2009 12:43 AM

Very nice job under very difficult circumstances. Kudos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 06-09-2009 03:12 PM

Great dovetails. Keep it up!

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