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Project by Tom Regnier posted 03-11-2017 03:46 PM 2727 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I heard an interview with Nick Offerman where he describes woodworking as something you just keep working at and persevering through and at the end there’s a Corvette on your bench. I’m not sure it’s a Corvette….maybe a Rambler with some tranny issues but I sure learned a lot in the process.

The box is made of walnut and poplar with dovetailed drawers and box. The hardware is from Horton Brasses and the quality is top notch…very impressed. I used a General Finishes water based finish after quite a bit of testing. I felt it popped the grain well and didn’t overly darken the walnut which I was concerned about.

The challenges were many throughout the build….the raised panel….getting the feet just right….and of course the cutting of the dovetails!

I’ve never hand cut a dovetail in my life and in building this box I became incredibly focused on being able to do so. I started out by cutting the top and side panel dovetails on my Leigh super jig…then the longer drawers as well. But I found that the small size of the drawers made it difficult to do with the jig and router. I jumped into a hand joinery class at a local woodworking school and worked at my skills until I was able to cut the remaining drawers by hand. There’s plenty of opinions on hand cut vs machine dovetails, for me it was important to have that hand skill in my piece and I’d have to say it was the highlight of this project for me.

thanks for looking





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 03:50 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 03:51 PM

Tom, wonderful craftsmanship. Your workmanship goes way beyond Rambler status! Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 03:53 PM

beautiful piece

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Roger

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 05:05 PM

WowZa Tom! I think this is museum quality right here.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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BMaloney

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#5 posted 03-11-2017 05:20 PM

Nice work. These are fun to build. There’s a lot of work that goes into these spice chests. You should be proud.

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 03-11-2017 05:55 PM

Absolutely top notch – everything about it says class.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 03-11-2017 06:31 PM

I think this says it all


Absolutely top notch – everything about it says class.

- recycle1943


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#8 posted 03-11-2017 10:52 PM

Outstanding!

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#9 posted 03-11-2017 11:41 PM

Great looking spice box—I love how you carried the grain across the drawers!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 03-12-2017 01:25 AM

very nice work,top notch love it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Tom Regnier

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#11 posted 03-12-2017 10:11 AM

Thanks for all the encouraging replies!

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#12 posted 03-12-2017 01:30 PM

My spices saw this. They’re jealous. They put it in my honey-do list.

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#13 posted 03-12-2017 05:08 PM

Awesome built and style, walnut looks fantastic, as well as those drawers.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 03-12-2017 05:29 PM

Well Done!

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#15 posted 03-13-2017 03:13 PM

Very nice! I’ve been contemplating building this. Now I can’t cause it will never look this good! :-)

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