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Project by TheDane posted 10-14-2009 03:54 AM 2515 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m cheap, which means I pretty much hate to throw anything away, including scraps left over from test cuts. Hence this ‘project’.

I was working on teaching myself to hand-cut dovetails, so I cut up some pine left over from another project and started cutting/chopping. I finally got four acceptable dovetail joints when my wife happened into the shop and complimented me on the ‘storage box’ I was making for her sewing room.

I couldn’t disappoint her, so I cut some grooves, scrounged up some salvaged plywood for a bottom, did some planing, glued it up, sanded it, hit it with a couple of coats of poly and voila! The added bonus is the next load I haul to the landfill will be a tiny bit lighter!

To give credit where credit is due, I made a set of Charles Neil’s ‘Smart-Tails’ ( and they really were a big help!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 03:57 AM

Looks good,nice use of salvaged wood

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 05:00 AM

I was making a carry box for poker chips and card decks when LOML saw it in progress… It is now a recipe box…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 05:12 AM

lol…nice save times 2!!!!!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 11:11 AM

...and now that you have won the comprehension of your SWMBO, you could start a true big project, I would suggest a 20’ boat for instance :-) (lots of time and money, believe me…:-D)

-- Antonio

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#5 posted 10-14-2009 02:53 PM

That was difinitely a win – win- situation! Nice job on the dovetails.

-- John @

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 03:36 PM

So I am not the only one who has cut off storage in his shop. I did this the other day building a box joint jig. My wife saw it and asked if I could make a lid with a big slot for the soup label point for our daughters school. Now they stay organized and looks good too. I will try and post a pick as well. LOL again nice to know I am not the only one.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#7 posted 10-14-2009 05:12 PM

The dovetails are less than perfect, but it was a learning exercise that I am glad I did.

antmjr—I like the way you think, but I really have to be careful. After all, I’m the guy who got away with convincing SWMBO I needed $1000 dollars worth of new tools to build an 18” x 24” thread cabinet (!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 10-14-2009 06:29 PM

eh, the woman…:-)

-- Antonio

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#9 posted 04-17-2010 07:44 AM

nice work… good to see some scraps make it to being an actual project… very creative…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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