dovetailed walnut jewelry box

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Project by happy_budah posted 01-23-2008 04:12 AM 6027 views 11 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made this for a friend at work she wanted a box for her boyfriend for valentines day. i had seen an angled dovetail box in a craft magazine and like the effect it had on the shape of the dovetails. this box is made of walnut, finished with hand rubed polyurethane. i put a photo holder on the inside of the lid as a last minute idea. i changed the felt feet for a much thinner set than the ones seen.

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#1 posted 01-23-2008 04:25 AM

Looks very nice!

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#2 posted 01-23-2008 04:25 AM

Great idea! Did you make the angled cuts after assembly? Any pics of it open?

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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#3 posted 01-23-2008 04:52 AM

That looks great! I like the effect of the angled cut.

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 05:48 AM

I’d guess it was angled after cutting. But an interesting design. A 12” disk sander would cut that down pretty quick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 07:20 AM

Nice design and use of wood figure, the angled dovetails really add an element of interest

-- Marge, Colorado

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#6 posted 01-23-2008 07:35 AM

Good looking box. I like the angled sides too.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 07:41 AM

The angle was a nice touch. What kind of walnut is that? Looks much lighter than what I’m accustomed to.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 11:57 AM

The angled dovetails really make this box special. Nice work.

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#9 posted 01-23-2008 02:13 PM

in the second picture—awesome how the lines of the wood flow right into the joinery.

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#10 posted 01-23-2008 04:17 PM


Nice work, please tell us how you did the joinery, (which is great). Hand cut at angles? Machine cut as square, then cut or sanded the sides?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 01-23-2008 06:55 PM

Beautiful workmanship! – that is a classic looking piece!, have always admired angled dovetails & yours are great!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 10:05 PM

Very nice! If I may make a suggestion for the next one you make like this (and you should make more) – make the lid thick enough to include a decorative dovetail key or simply an inlay in the lid so you can carry the attractive dovetail motif all the way through from bottom to top. The eye gets stopped cold on its way up the side profile as it expects to see another dovetail up top.

This is a great piece that could be tweaked just a little to make it even greater. Very nice job.

-- Just another woodworker

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#13 posted 01-23-2008 10:47 PM

HP, this is a nice box, and I just love small wooden boxes.

The finish is exceptional and the design is terrific.

There is usually very little constructive criticism offered on LJ’s, so I appreciate schwingding doing so – it’s how we all learn. My I add mine?

To my eyes, the lid would have looked better with a thinner profile. I feel that it’s too “chunky”. You might have achieved this by cutting a bevel at an angel complementary to the box side angle, or simply just used a thinner stock. (I also think that this would have avoided the observation made by schwingding.

Also, I note that in the first picture, the dovetails are not lined up at either end of the box – for me this distracts from the symmetry I expect in dovetail joinery.

Keep up the creative work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 01-23-2008 10:49 PM

Pretty dam good job

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#15 posted 01-24-2008 04:48 PM

Don is right about the dovetails, but I confess that I didn’t catch it till he pointed it out. I guess I need to work on developing my critical eye so I can catch these things in my own projects.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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