Oak Dovetail Caddy

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Project by rynhart posted 04-06-2016 02:14 PM 705 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak dovetail caddy made mostly with hand tools and finished with four coats of amber shellac. The pieces were dimensioned with machines, and all joinery and shaping was done by hand. The shellac was cut with denatured alcohol and applied with a water-coloring brush, sanded between coats with 220 grit sandpaper, and the final coat was cut with 0000 steel wool. I applied a layer wax I made by combining beeswax, paraffin wax, and carnuba wax with an orange cleaner for the solvent. Buffed that out with a kiwi brush.

This is my first project on my own without being in a classroom setting. First dovetails I’ve done outside of a pine box made in a class. It’s also the first finish that I have applied. The oak was a bit of a challenge going from working with pine. Much less forgiving when I planed in the wrong direction or along some wonky grain. I had to sharpen up an old cabinet scraper which dealt with most of the tearout. Squaring the ends on the shooting board proved a challenge as well. I did notice that the oak held my knife walls much better though, as opposed to the pine having a tendency to mushroom if I wasn’t very careful. Despite making a number of mistakes and having several setbacks, it was a pleasure to finish this project! Dovetails coming together nicely was a rewarding feeling, and I love shaping the wood, especially the bottom of the box with the hand planes. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 08:56 PM

Looks good from here! Robust and beautiful. Nice work!

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 01:06 PM

Nicely done. I’ve been working on a couple of these lately to try to begin development of dovetail skills. Your joints look very well executed to me.

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