First Dovetail Box

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Project by ratchet posted 08-04-2009 05:19 AM 9963 views 9 times favorited 34 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 08-04-2009 05:34 AM

Turned out great…Very nice !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 05:35 AM

Good lookin’ box, nice job.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 05:38 AM

Excellent Job!


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#4 posted 08-04-2009 05:40 AM

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 08-04-2009 06:03 AM

Looks very nice. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 06:06 AM

I love the wood choices.

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

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Bob Allen

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 07:00 AM

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 08-04-2009 07:26 AM

Nice surprises in the project. Neat.

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

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 08:20 AM

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 08-04-2009 12:19 PM

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 08-04-2009 12:53 PM

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 08-04-2009 01:57 PM

Most excellent!

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 03:07 PM

Great looking box. Your dovetails look crisp & clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 08-04-2009 03:16 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 08-04-2009 04:44 PM

great looking box.

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