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Dovetail Box Evolution in Six Pictures

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Project by SNSpencer posted 1586 days ago 2909 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, here is an ebreviated tour of my box making process. With lots of steps excluded, like all the sanding, dry fitting, finishing & hardware installation. But you get the basic idea.

This is a commissioned piece as a holiday gift. Curly Cherry box with Birdseye Maple top. 9”L x 6.5”W x 6”T. Hinged lid with chain lid stay and leather lined and finished interior. Finished with lacquer after many coats of sealer… and sanding.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet





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griff

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#1 posted 1586 days ago

Looks smooth, great job.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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bigike

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#2 posted 1586 days ago

nice box the person who commissioned it will love it, nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Dudley

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#3 posted 1586 days ago

Yep tis a nice box. I like it. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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paulcoyne

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#4 posted 1586 days ago

lovely box and nice quick run though, just wondering what process you use to apply the veneer

-- thats not a mistake... i ment that

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#5 posted 1586 days ago

Good job, the person you made it for should like it a lot.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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SNSpencer

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#6 posted 1586 days ago

My Veneer process – Cut the veneer sheets just a bit oversize to account for any “slip” as the glue dries. I use cold press veneer, a thin coat on both sides of the medium to which the veneer will be applied. Center up the veneer and wrap it in plastic wrap. (The wrap keep the piece from getting glued to the chaulks) Then I put the assembly between two flat boards(chaulks) and either clamp the heck out of them or stack a bag of cement on top of it to “press” the pieces while the glue dries.

Notes: Make sure to veneer both sides of thin stock, even if you won’t see one side in the finished project. This will keep the piece from “cupping” as the glue dries on one side. Also, if you are worried about your press surface being flat enough or if there is a slight unevenness of your workpiece, simply use press chaulks with crafters felt applied to the press sides. This will help evenly distribute the clamping pressure. If you are doing a bunch of veneers pieces, and they are the same size you can stack them during the pressing. Just don’t forget the plastic wrap in between or you will end up with a really pretty once piece stack.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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paulcoyne

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#7 posted 1586 days ago

cheers thats some sound advice i knew about the cupping alright when i went to collage we had a big fancy 8×4 heated hydrulic press oh the joy of it, but two pieces of wood some plastic and cramps seem within my grasp…

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#8 posted 1586 days ago

Beautiful Box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the veneer comments specially the plastic!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 1586 days ago

Fantastic box. Love the quickie tutorial. Nice design and great build. I am sure you customer will love it.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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badger

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#10 posted 1586 days ago

That is a very nice way to illustrate the build process, as a noob woodworker my self this is pretty invaluable. (and a nice box!)

I do have a question as I’m trying to tackle a project like this myself…

How do you set the bottom and top into the box? I assume some kind of groove, how do you keep it from showing? Any pictures of a partially assembled box with the lid or bottom showing?

thanks

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#11 posted 1586 days ago

Nice Jef

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SNSpencer

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#12 posted 1586 days ago

badger, this is for you so bare with me as I try and get the pictures to work. Also, there is some more on the veneering.

Yes, there is a grove to accept the top and bottom. I do these on the router table. Some hints, make sure that you create the top groves wide enough to accept your backerboard with the veneer applied. Keep a scrap top (with veneer) handy to guage this. Not much is more annoying than going to assemble your box only to find that grove is 1/16” too narrow. Also, STOP your routed groves short of the end of your project, you can see in the picture what I mean.(Picture from an older project) Having to fill or repair the dovetails kinds of defeats the point of the joint.

BE7

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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SNSpencer

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#13 posted 1586 days ago

Veneering cont…

Remember, this is with “cold press” veneer glue. Here are a couple of pictures. The first is my “Small” veneer press. The medium is pressed between a flat board on top and another on the bottom between the clamps. I also made the bottom board out of part of a messed up box, just sliced off one side, creating a lifted platform. This makes clamping easier. Second picture is a stack of my box tops already veneered, they were all pressed (stacked) at the same time. You will notice that they are untrimmed. Don’t forget the plastic wrap to keep everything from sticking together!

BE10

BE8

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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badger

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#14 posted 1585 days ago

Thanks for the pictures on the grooves!

That does help me visualize it!!

(Man this place is awesome.)

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#15 posted 1585 days ago

Nice job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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