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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-23-2018 12:30 AM 1496 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In preparation for the box swap I’ve been trying to clean up my work bench. One of the things that have been taking up a lot of space are my rasps and files, so I decided to build a box for them.

Since I’ve been practicing dovetails, I decided to dovetail the sides of the box together. While this is only the second project I’ve ever done with dovetails, it’s probably the sloppiest set I’ve ever cut, even worse than some of my very first practice ones. But with experience comes… experience, so I decided I could fix them up. And they were solid enough even before the sawdust and superglue filled in the gaps.

The box is mostly ½” poplar. The back is a sheet of unknown hardwood ¼” plywood dadoed into the sides. The front is ¼” Baltic birch plywood with cheap lumberyard oak trim glued onto three of the four edges to serve as a dust-seal and hide the edges of the plywood. I mitered the corners of the trim on my miter jack. I ripped the ⅜” thick piece on the left of the front from an 8/4 piece of oak so the screws for the hinge would have something solid to bite into. The uprights are dadoed into the top and the bottom.

The till is French-cleated onto the wall. The cleat on the back of the till is glued to the top and sides, and pegged into the sides with three 3/16” hand-riven pegs on each side.

Finish is a coat of BLO with two coats of orange shellac and three coats of platina shellac.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 12:36 AM

That’s a fine job storage job Dave. Everything looks easy to find annd in perfect sight. I think your dovetails are coming along great. I’d have that much filler in them if I used a jig.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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duckmilk

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#2 posted 02-23-2018 12:37 AM

Nice box Dave! Don’t fret the dovetails, they work and that is their job.
That’s a nice lot of files and rasps, but where are you going to put your saw sharpening files?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 02-23-2018 12:43 AM

Thanks, Dave. I’m just disappointed because the practice ones right before this we’re pretty good, and I think I got cocky.

Duck, the saw (and auger) sharpening files will hang either on the door or on the left side. Or I’ll hang the orange handled ones back on the pegboard. At this point, I think the rule is for every new file, I have to retire the cheapest one in the collection, and the orange handled ones are in kinda rough shape.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 02-23-2018 02:15 AM

You made it. Did NOT buy it. It works for you. = personal satisfaction.

All of that means good job!

So the dovetails are not perfect; MINE would be a lot worse!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 02-23-2018 03:25 AM

There’s something I need to build. I wouldn’t sweat the dovetails too much. I expect that what happened is you got a good set and relaxed your focus on this set. I know that happens to me when I get a measure of success. Then I have to get it tightened up again. After enough practice, the tightness is there. I mean in general, because my dovetails are made with a jig, if I do make them. Because I don’t have enough practice to make them decently, freehand.

What I’d really like to have is a place to hang said till!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 02-23-2018 03:41 AM

Looking good,Dave! Pretty decent dovetails. I toyed with painting the front of my wall cabinet with chalkboard paint … for making quick sketches and such. Again, good job!

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 02-23-2018 07:03 AM

Thanks, Ralph. And it went together a lot quicker than I expected.

Lightning, I suspect you’re right. As for a place to hang it, I was almost out of wall space myself, and the upcoming plane and saw till will likely mean pulling down my whiteboard.

Ron, that’s a good idea. Depending on the size of the plane and saw till, I might just use my existing whiteboard on the front of it, but we’ll see. I already am needing to adjust the plans for that, since I’ll probably end up with a dedicated plane for my miter jack at some point.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 02-23-2018 01:33 PM

Nicely done Dave. You should have just cut those dovetails using your router and a jig ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 02-23-2018 01:50 PM

So true Dave. You practice on something and get it right until you bring out the nice piece of wood to do it. It has happened to me a few times.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 02-23-2018 01:56 PM

Thumbs up there bud, great place to store all those files.

-- Gary, Texas

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 02-23-2018 02:04 PM

Nicely done Dave. You should have just cut those dovetails using your router and a jig ;-P

I don’t have a dovetail blade for my #71 router plane though, Kenny. Know anyone who makes one? :-P I’ll probably need to do thumb workouts so I can push it through hardwoods, too.

Dave, The consolation is that this was my “get the mistakes out of my system” build before I start on the one for the box swap, so at least it was just poplar for the shop, instead of ash or elm for the swap.

Thanks, Gary. Definitely better than having them all taking up bench-top.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 02-23-2018 02:56 PM

I DONT LIKE IT …... there’s no room to purchase more LMAO ….. much better then mine on a pile in a drawer …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 02-23-2018 03:00 PM

I actually made it with room for four “extra” files, Tony. Then when I started cleaning my bench I found ones I had forgotten I have. Oops.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 02-23-2018 03:51 PM

That is a great idea, Dave! Great job

-- Regards, Norm

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#15 posted 02-23-2018 05:11 PM

Thanks Norm! I just spent the past couple hours adding more hooks and slots to it to hold more files. But I think now all my files have a home. Unless I find more.

Pictures to follow after the glue dries.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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