100% Hand Tool Candle Box

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Project by CodyM posted 09-17-2011 02:54 AM 1950 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This small candle box is my first project using all hand tools. I made this project mainly to increase my accuracy and skills with hand tools. And since I have only cut dovetails one other time, I figured this would be a quick little project to practice cutting them. The box sides and ends are made of alder that was resawn from 4/4 stock then planed smooth to just a bit over 3/8”. The top and bottom are 1/4” reclaimed southern yellow pine both of which are fit into 1/4” grooves. The grooves were made by defining the edges with my cutting gauge and then plowed out with a 1/4” chisel until I reached the desired depth. Dovetails were all cut with the $14 gents dovetail saw from woodcraft. The saw originally had something like 23 tpi, so I filed it down to a 12 tpi and removed all the set from the teeth. The saw leaves an incredibly small kerf so it works really well with small dovetails such as these. Then the majority of the waste between tails and pins was removed with a coping saw then finished off with a chisel. I have left the box unfinished for now but in the future I may decide to put a couple of coats of Danish oil on it. Dimensions: 10 5/8” long x 4” wide x 4” tall. Thanks for looking everyone!

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 09-17-2011 03:11 AM

wow thats really good for only using hand tools (and for the first time)! I’ve yet to venture into the hand tools part of woodworking! I’m too impatient! Thanks for sharing your box with us!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-17-2011 03:38 AM

Welcome to a very addictive side of the craft. That’s a very nice first go at box building by hand. Really good job on the lid.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 10:52 PM

Great job. Nice box and dovetails.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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