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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 12-13-2018 08:57 PM 1006 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Getting into fancy espresso as of late, so now I have more energy for projects. I made this knock box to match the walnut counters in my kitchen. Found some nicely figured stock in my pile and decided to try my hand at hand-cut blind mitered dovetails.

Fail.

So biscuitted mitered corners it is, followed up with oak and maple splines. It’s an inch thick and I added some Dynamat underneath for additional weight and deadening. Arm-r-Seal.

It matches nicely to the counter, so I’m happy.

A knock box is simply a container to knock the used espresso grind into. When it’s full you empty it. Sure, one could also just empty them into the trash, but then what would I use the box for?





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jutsFL

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 09:12 PM

It looks great, but whats a knock box used for?

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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OnhillWW

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 09:44 PM

Lemonade from lemons? I think it is beautiful and I love the grain in that walnut. Well done.

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 12:36 AM

Very nice looking unit.

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#4 posted 12-14-2018 03:15 AM

The box is very well done and I learned something! Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#5 posted 12-14-2018 12:18 PM

Classy and functional. Handcut blind mitered dovetails – you don’t go for the easy stuff, even if it’s hidden. Turned out great.

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

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bluekingfisher

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#6 posted 12-14-2018 03:06 PM

Blind mitred dovetails are notoriously difficult to master. I have often wondered why anyone would go to the trouble nowadays, particularly when we have modern fixings and adhesives to hand. Many traditional and antique pieces of furniture had such joints incorporated of course ensuring mitre joints remained tight. I suspect the only time the joint is cut now would be to replicate or repair an antique piece where authenticity is demanded.
I remember having to cut such a joint for a high school woodwork exam, i think that was the first and last time I had cut this particular joint.
In any case, I prefer your splined joints effect, although far more simple in design the aesthetic is more appealing. To me at least.
Well done.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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toddbeaulieu

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#7 posted 12-14-2018 03:38 PM

Thanks all. I have a pretty good set up for routed joints with my Incra LS Positioner, so 100% of my drawers and boxes have been done with that, including my entire kitchen. I keep coming back to wishing I could do hand cut dovetails. The few times I’ve tried were failures, so I thought this would be an easy enough project to try again. I have a cool little book called The Joint Book: The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery, which is where I saw that variant. Nope. While I assumed that I’d focus on such skills when I set out in this hobby, it hasn’t turned out to be the case. I’m OK with that – I can still put out some nice stuff with machinery and face enough challenges in doing so that it’s still rewarding.

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RevJVegas

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#8 posted 12-17-2018 12:43 PM

Very nice and beautiful work.
May have to borrow this idea and make one for my coffee bar. I don’t want to cut into my top to install an insert, so this would do quite nicely.

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