My first real Dovetail Box

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Project by Kyle posted 1068 days ago 1416 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well… My Dad is a woodworker all the way on the other side of the country and I thought I’d learn how to cut dovetails by hand so I could make him a box for his birthday. I don’t really know what he’ll use it for but it’s his now. I also bought him a cool manual chainsaw sharpener that fits perfectly inside of it. It took me a lot of practice to just get Okay at cutting those dovetails but it sure is a lot of fun. I used a wood burner to engrave the box, finished it up, and mailed that baby. I’ve been waiting for him to get it so I can finally post pictures on this site since I know he looks at my page every once in a while.

Curly maple on the outside and top and quilted maple on the inside bottom. This was also the first time I used alcohol based dye which was what I used on the top and bottom. For the sides I used water based dye. I threw some BLO and then some shellac. This was also the first time I used lacquer from a spray can… I kind of wish I just waxed the box instead of used that lacquer stuff. Oh well… I’m no pro but it was made with love. I’m sure he’ll love it. Happy Birthday Dad.

-- Kyle

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#1 posted 1068 days ago

Im sure your Dad flat out loves this. You done good….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 1068 days ago

Nice Box, You have incorperated several skill sets in the making, Nice wood combos, Your Dad will treasure this always, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 1068 days ago

Your dad is fortunate to get such a wonderful birthday present. Great Job…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#4 posted 1067 days ago

Any man would be proud to have this wonderful gift!

-- Gary, Florida.

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#5 posted 1067 days ago

Great box

-- Norman

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#6 posted 1064 days ago

looks great…all the best stuff is made with love….im sure your dad is very proud and loves it :)

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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