Small Dovetailed Box

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Project by anthm27 posted 03-26-2016 11:24 PM 1213 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t made a dovetail joint since I was at Randwick Technical college in Sydney NSW back in 1986, from memory it was terrible.
So, with my new Dovetail saw Hirsch chisels and low angled smoothing plane I thought I would practice with a simple keep sake type box.

The idea was to make something functional and with out the use of power tools. The box measures about 230mm (9”) in length, made from half inch thick Canadian Maple. Each corner has 2 dovetails and 3 pins.

Even setting out the dovetails was quite challenging, the joints didn’t come out perfect but I was happy enough for my first attempt in 30 years. It got me thinking at least.

I used a little roller catch a ball type knob and small brass feet as furniture. I used polyurethane varnish which incidentally was very difficult to get a smooth nice finish. Three coats with a 1200 wet sand between coats.

Box completely made from hand tools apart from the hinge screws where I used a battery drill.
Not a fine piece of work by any stretch of the imagination, anyways though, the Mrs likes it.


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#1 posted 03-27-2016 02:20 AM

Beautiful job on that box!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 12:12 AM

Cheers Jim.
Thank you

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 10:48 PM

Grerat work, spot on.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 06:24 PM

Dovetails looks great. The top finish is awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 07:50 PM

This really turned out nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 06:20 PM

Hey Anthony. Nice use of the brass hardware you picked up at Gramercy Tools. Beautiful little box!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 02:34 AM

Very nice joinery! I hope to get to your level someday.

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