Spalted quartersawn red oak dovetail box

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Project by Oni posted 10-15-2018 03:43 AM 1421 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first complete dovetail box. Spalted red oak, Bocote handle, cheap brass hinges. Made a few mistakes, but I told myself to see it through and learn from it. I’ve included a Imgur build link. Fist time using Stumpy nubs tablesaw dovetail jig, I need more practice with my layout and finish.

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 04:22 AM

Awesome old wood look!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 05:49 AM

Interesting wood. The DT’s look pretty tight. Look like a success to me.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 07:17 AM

Thanks Majuvla and Therealsteven.

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 11:33 AM

That’s a nice looking box. It draws my attention over fancy boxes with lots of embellishments. I’m a big fan of spalted or figured wood. When you have patterns and grain that look like this I think a simple design like you made is the best way for the wood to be the main feature of the piece.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 12:25 PM

Thanks EarlS. It means a lot to me.

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 01:07 PM

Beautiful wood to make a great box. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-15-2018 04:19 PM

Nice work. Am a fan of spalted red oak – lots of interesting stuff.

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#8 posted 10-15-2018 05:03 PM

Thank you swirt and rwde. Very kind of you.

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#9 posted 10-15-2018 08:31 PM

Great looking box. You know, I think everything I build I find something wrong with it. I have gotten to the point of saying to myself, “it turned out just the way I wanted”.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 10-16-2018 10:02 AM

Great way to look at it Hawaiilad. Thanks.

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