Box with first blind dovetail and handle made possible due to a mistake

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Project by BB1 posted 02-08-2016 12:03 PM 1170 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box for my mother-in-law. My husband worked on the blind dovetail joints using a jig we found on CL. This was our first project after a few practice tries on scrap wood. After making the dovetails I went to the table saw to make the cuts for the box bottom. I thought I had all the pieces arranged but cut the first end piece on the outside rather than inside. To salvage all the dovetail effort I just cut down the height of all the sides to “remove” my error. Ended up being able to use the waste section for the handle! Nice when a mistake can come back into a project. Wood is walnut and poplar.

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 01:59 PM

Nice looking box with good dovetails. It is always good to be able to correct mistakes and even better to repurpose mistakes. Keep up the woodworking.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 02:03 PM

very nice, I assumed you were trying to make rising dovetails when I looked at the pictures. The trick is to not tell everyone you made a mistake, play it off as unique design element. I really like your choice of material. I am fan of Walnut as well.

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 02:08 PM

New to this…what are “rising dovetails”

Learning about the use of “design elements” (as I have plenty of oops moments!)

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 02:22 PM

Dovetails turned very good. Handle with dovetail is quite interesting.

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 05:10 PM

That “mistake” sure turned into a nice looking handle !

Nice box !

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 06:42 PM

Very nice mistake, like the combination of color

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