First Double Dovetail Box

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 08-02-2009 02:13 AM 10707 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fortunate enough to get an older model Incra router setup for an amazing price a few years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I started actually learning to use it to produce the joinery they are known for. I’d have to say, now that I’m getting competent at it, I’m hooked!

I’ve had several small pieces going lately, mostly using Incra joinery methods, and this was the first to be finished. The sides are black walnut, the top is curly maple, and the bottom is lacewood. More projects to follow…

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 02:19 AM

Very, very nice. I’ve been waiting to find the time to try some of these. I don’t have a jig, so will have to do it by hand. This is a beautiful box. Nice choice of woods. Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 02:47 AM

Thank you Tim. I checked out your site… your craftsmanship is exemplary!

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 03:17 AM

OUTstanding, some day I’ll get brave enough to try the double dt’s.

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 03:20 AM

That’s a beauty great job

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#5 posted 08-02-2009 03:45 AM

That is a gorgeous box. I have an Incra jig on my wish list. If only my wife would give me an advance on my allowance!!!

Kevin, you put together a nice set of complimentary woods as well.

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#6 posted 08-02-2009 04:43 AM

Beautiful, I need to get myself a jig. I wanted to learn to cut dovetail joints by hand before I got one though. Looks Great!

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 06:08 AM

I think this is fantastic and I want to get an INCRA jig when I can afford it,, bit dearer here in Australia..
Christmas Is just around the corner..
I seems a shame to hide the silky oak… lacewood in the bottom … but it is a surprise when you open the ok I see the logic,,\\

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 07:13 AM

I love it when the wood just glows…sweet.

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 07:18 AM

You did a great job sometimes it’s hard to get ith inlaid piece of equal thickness on first attempts but you did a good job. I have an incra jig on my router table and I love it. It does things you could never do by hand cutting. I just finished a box a few weeks ago.
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#10 posted 08-02-2009 08:47 AM

Nice work Kevin.

Dock, What kinds of things can you do on an Incra that can’t be done by hand?

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#11 posted 08-02-2009 10:42 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. This box was really just about learning to make the double dovetail joint more than anything. There really wasn’t much thought that went into the overall design; I just picked some small pieces of leftover wood and went ahead with it.

Ben – Yeah, you’re probably better off learning by hand first. I feel like such a cheater only knowing how to do this by machine!

Larry – I think that’s the Brazilian lacewood, not Australian silky oak. I could be wrong. Anyway, it was left over from making a bunch of pencil holders as Christmas gifts a couple years ago… a Wood Whisperer project that lots of people have done (thanks Marc!). It was almost the right size already and just 1/4” thick, so it was perfect for the application.

Dock – Nice looking piece. The one I am working on right now has corner post dovetails like that. Its basically a blatant forgery of this box made by Odie. I hope he doesn’t mind, that is if I can actually pull it off! Its definitely been a challenge.

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#12 posted 08-02-2009 08:40 PM

What a great looking piece, I love the jointery.

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 03:17 AM

Nice box, Kevin.

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 01:41 PM

Beautiful!!! I’d love to see pictures of the work in progress if you have them. I presume that you cut one set of dovetails, did a glue up and then cut the second smaller set to complete the inlay.

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#15 posted 08-03-2009 04:45 PM


Sorry, but I didn’t take progress photos of this… maybe on a future project of this type. You are correct about how it is done though. The “inlay” starts as a block that is glued to the tail board, then the second set of tail cuts is made on it. Its actually not too difficult to do with with the right equipment.

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