Dovetail caddy box

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Project by dbockel2 posted 04-02-2016 08:45 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is a relatively simple project—one of my first. It is just a basic dovetail caddy box (from Paul Sellers' website). More importantly, this is the first time I have ever done dovetails (these were done by hand). Not all joints are perfect and it is just a little out of square but I’m content with what I have learned.

That said, compared to most people around here, I’m like the Henry's Kitchen of woodworking! More for my own archives than to try to show off anything but here is what I did with a $5 little strip of mahogany.

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 05:15 AM

Dovetails are difficult. I haven’t done them many times. Keep it up, though. But…...where’s the candy?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 05:02 PM

The dovetails look good and the point of Paul’s projects are to make us better woodworkers. I think it’s working.
Keep up the good work. I have the same problems with DT’s. They say practice makes perfect.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#3 posted 04-04-2016 04:09 PM

candy? It’s a caddy—I like candy but I put pieces of sandpaper in there for now (yeah, I followed Paul all the way through on that!). 120 grit on one side, 220 grit on the other. Guess I’ll have to make another one for my 350 and 400 grit papers!

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#4 posted 04-05-2016 04:31 PM

That is an awesome project. Great job. They will continue to get better and better… I know that I am on about my 10th Dovetail’d caddy, and they are great little gifts, and fun to practice with.

Making these is a great way to practice, use up scrap, and relax out in the shop.

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 10:36 PM

Hey for your First ones they are pretty good , Better than mine where and I need to try them again to see if I can get any better. If you keep watching Paul’s videos and doing the projects you are going to get really good with a #4 plane and chisels and that’s a good thing to be good at.
Now I have to get back to watching his videos because I have a long way to go before I am good with either one.

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#6 posted 04-15-2016 09:45 PM

I made another one out of a piece of total scrap (you can see the “scrappiness” of it in the photos). This one really came together much easier and I really got the hang of the dovetails while doing it. Much better/cleaner joints too.

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