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A little box with inlaid dovetails - and its plain "sister"

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Project by Al Navas posted 2498 days ago 2879 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are now complete, but I have not taken photos of them finished. I will donate them to a Silent Auction, which will take place this coming Saturday, at our daughter’s church.

I used quarter-sawn sycamore; the finish will be Waterlox Original, buffed to a satin finish. The top photo shows the box after the first light coat of Waterlox, while still in the finishing room. The box on the right has a walnut base.

I am working on a video tutorial on how to make the inlaid dovetails. The video will reside at my blog. Thanks for looking!

Al
http://sandal-woodsblog.com

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2498 days ago

Wonderful boxes. I really like the Sycamore.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2498 days ago

Beautiful! I will be anxiously awaiting the tutorial on those dovetails.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mot

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#3 posted 2498 days ago

Nice boxes…I enjoy doing inlaid dovetails…they add a nice contrast to the joint. Video tutorials are greatly welcomed on this site.

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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mb_BeachBum

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#4 posted 2498 days ago

Nice looking boxes. Love the exposed dovetails.

-- Don, on California's Central Coast

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2498 days ago

Oh my…simply fantastic. Don will be all over these.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 2498 days ago

Great Boxes. I’ve always loved Sycamore and seldom get my hands on it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 2498 days ago

lovely boxes; lovely purpose.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#8 posted 2498 days ago

very nice. – I like your blog too…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Al Navas

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#9 posted 2498 days ago

Thanks, all! I appreciate you nice words and comments. The Silent Auction is this coming weekend, and my wife and I are both pretty excited about submitting these for such a nice purpose.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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Jon3

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#10 posted 2497 days ago

Hand or Machine tails? If machine, which jig? I’ve got a pc4212 and a D4-24, but I haven’t gotten around to touching the leigh yet. (purchased at a local auction cheap)

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Al Navas

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#11 posted 2497 days ago

Jon,

Sorry I forgot the detail about the dovetail jig. I use the Leigh D4 – it is the only one I have used, as it is so versatile.

Don’t worry about not touching the D4 yet, as my video tutorial should help out a little in this area. In the meantime, you could check video episode 27 posted by TheWoodWhisperer on his video blog (When Dovetails cry). It is terrific; he used the D4 as well.

Thanks again!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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A.W. "Pappy" Ford

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#12 posted 2497 days ago

Oh these dovetails are gorgeous! I envy your skill.

-- --==[ Pappy ]==--

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YorkshireStewart

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#13 posted 2497 days ago

Beautiful beautiful boxes. I love ‘em. That joinery is so crisp. What is Waterlox Al? I hope the boxes bring in the bids they deserve on Saturday.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Al Navas

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#14 posted 2497 days ago

Pappy, Thanks! But no need to be envious – lol!

Stewart, Waterlox is reported by the company to be a tung oil-based product. I like it because it pops the grain nicely, and provides a virtually impervious finish on fine woodworking items. It rubs out to a gorgeous silk-smooth finish using either steel wool, or synthetic 3M pads. You can find all the info you might want at their company site.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#15 posted 2493 days ago

Thanks; that’s a good website. I hope the auction went well.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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