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Project by JADobson posted 01-01-2018 06:04 AM 832 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a letter box I did in walnut for my sister-in-law as a Christmas present. She was at our house and flipped through my copy of Fine Woodworking and saw Christian Becksvoort’s article that feaured this design. She made a comment that she really liked it. I make enough stuff out of pine already so I opted for walnut with some marigold yellow milk paint highlights. The colour scheme was inspired by one of Matt Kenny’s boxes.

A few things I learnt along the way: paint both sides of your bottom panel. Painting one side will make it curl up something fierce. Milk paint won’t stick to Danish oil unless you have a few coats of shellac in between (Thanks LJ's for the tips there). Mitred dovetails really aren’t that hard. Once you wrap your head around them they go together super slick and you don’t have to worry about your groove that holds the bottom showing on your bottom tail.

As usually this was built entirely with hand tools except for the groove for the bottom and some resawing which were both done on the table saw. Questions, comments, critiques welcome. Happy New Year ladies and gentlemen.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks





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balidoug

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 01:49 PM

nice looking gift and some interesting joinery. I know what you mean about “wrapping your head around” mitred dovetails, though i miss your point about the stopped groove. Some good advice about painting, as well, the marigold highlights look fantastic.Particular thanks for the detailed photography.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 03:37 PM

This is not my picture but it shows what I mean:
The grooves for the bottom are hidden by the mitre. If you didn’t mitre the board that groove would go all the way through (if you cut it on the table saw like me).

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 01:17 AM

Ah, yes. now i can see that in picture 4, before the groves were cut.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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