First Dovetail Box

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Project by ratchet posted 1815 days ago 6797 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a dovetail box. I’m really satisfied with the tolerances of the 1/2 blind dovetails joints (done with an Incra jig).

Specs: 9” x 5” x 4” high. Maple and Walnut main case components. Mahogany top stripe and inside of lid. Walnut lift tab. Used a wiping oil for finish (still needs another coat or 2 and some wax).

I was originally planning for a lined bottom but now favor the way the Walnut looks.

The fine boxes found here on LJ’s have definitely inspired me. Thank you all.

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#1 posted 1815 days ago

Turned out great…Very nice !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 1815 days ago

Good lookin’ box, nice job.

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#3 posted 1815 days ago

Excellent Job!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 1815 days ago

No, Thank You, Ratchet. Yours is as fine as any I have seen. Betcha can’t make just one! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 1815 days ago

Looks very nice. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1815 days ago

I love the wood choices.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 1815 days ago

Very nice! You have mastered one of the most important requirements to mastering woodworking “purportion and balance”. I have met many excellent wood workers that did not understand this concept. The mechanics of wood working can be learned…... Purportion and balance comes from instinct !!
good job.

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#8 posted 1815 days ago

Nice surprises in the project. Neat.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 1815 days ago

Very nice box. Great job with that Incra jig.

Like the way you split the dove tail at the lid edge.

Great choice of woods.

Great design.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 1815 days ago

What an impressive piece of work!
That is really striking!
Looking forward to more.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 1815 days ago

Very Nice!!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#12 posted 1815 days ago

Most excellent!

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1815 days ago

Great looking box. Your dovetails look crisp & clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 1815 days ago

A great looking box. Nice job. A agree the interior of walnut looks great.

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

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#15 posted 1815 days ago

great looking box.

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