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Project by Tony Strupulis posted 12-27-2010 08:36 PM 9356 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In October, our local woodworking club hosted a class by Texas furnituremaker Frank Strazza. I put the last coat of finish on it late on Christmas eve, and gave it to my wife as a gift.

The class was to build a dovetailed jewelry box entirely by hand. I’m ashamed to say I have never cut dovetails by hand. In addition to the dovetails, the frame and panel lid was also made by hand – grooves, mortise and tenon, raised panel. The box is made from curly maple and walnut. The finish is shellac.

The last photo shows one of the ten Moxon twin screw vise I built for the club.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com





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dub560

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 08:49 PM

handsome looking box..nice choice of woods

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 08:55 PM

Looks nice… try out a Japanese Pull Saw sometime—you might prefer that over the saw you’re using.

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 09:08 PM

What a great job you did on this box. The design really sets off the wood. You also did a fine job on the dovetails and the panels. I find that work done with handtools is not necessarily better, but I do find the process more satisfying when I do it that way.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 09:42 PM

Beautiful job !

My wife loves her folding Ott light (looks like that’s what you’ve got, there). I think the high-CRI lighting is great for shop use.

But … yeah … love your handcut DTs, and the box, generally !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 09:45 PM

Beautiful in oh so many ways Tony… the wood, the joinery, the design… wonderful piece.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 09:48 PM

Thanks, all!

Yeah, the Ott light came in really handy. My wife used to have an Ott light.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 10:10 PM

That’s a beautiful box, Tony. You did a fine job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 11:46 PM

Nice looking box, the hand work came out wonderful.

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 11:49 PM

BEAUTIFUL BOX, LOVE THE DESIGN AND WOOD MIX.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 11:51 PM

Great choice of woods and how it’s put together. The tone on tone dovetail effect is beautiful.

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 11:55 PM

She zammm
This is one cool box Tony . I never would have guessed these were among the first hand cut dovetails you had done. Nice work and great choices of wood too.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 12:47 AM

good work on the handcut dovetails the contrasting woods are great too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#13 posted 12-28-2010 03:55 AM

Tony, what size is your box, it almost looks like a chest. I been wanting to build something like this for a friend’s wedding but a tad bigger as a wedding chest.

I like the contrast between the walnut and maple, the striping of the maple really stands out, I really like your design.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 04:17 AM

Awesome box! I love curly maple :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 12-28-2010 02:58 PM

Hand cut dovetails…I am jealous. It loks beautiful. Thank you for posting.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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