|Project by sgtq||posted 08-25-2011 06:02 AM||1121 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Ok, “My First Box” has been posted by everyone and I didnt want to post the same thing but as I found out building and finishing your first box makes it pretty special to at least yourself. I have to admit this task actually scared me a little bit, I’ve never cut dovetails, used anything but biscuit joinery, dimensioned or came close to imagining a box could be so complicated. I used a Porter Cable dovetail machine and while I’m sure for an experienced dovetailer and even maybe me now its a wonderful machine, but since these were my first it took me literally 5 hours of pracitice cuts and countless scraps to get the dovetails acceptable and I still had some problems as you can probably see in the pics. The Wood is Black Walnut (with a beautiful blond streak on each side of the box and slightly showing on the front) The top and bottom is BB ply, the joinery is half blind dovetails. The hardware is just some brass hinges and a clasp I had in my everything drawer, and the finish is 3 coats of tung oil, (I intend on polishing the box in 2 weeks with automotive wax, also a first for me). I am a horrible photographer so forgive the pictures. The last photo is just what I have in the box right now but not necessarily what it was intended for, I actually dont know what I was making it for besides the challenge. Thanks for looking.
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