Dovetailed Recipe Box in Pine

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Project by FloridaArt posted 931 days ago 1387 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

September, 2011—My wife loves to cook. Her older recipe box was bulging and overflowing so she requested another one. Sure, I said. Piece of cake.

I had not used my dovetail jig in awhile so I got in the mood to set it up. These are standard half-blind dovetails done with the router. The sides are “pallet pine”—is that a species? At least I think it’s pine. It’s soft like pine, but looks a little off. The top is two definitely-pine boards edge-glued.

I added a decorative “handle” from the same lumber, and recessed two small brass hinges, screwed in. I used a very light MinWax stain, followed by three coats of a satin water-based product. My wife loves it and that’s what matters.

If I had to do this one again, I think I would add an inlay on the top, in a contrasting wood. Maybe a heart or some other decorative bit of whimsy.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 931 days ago

Looks nice and traditional, with a little modernity added with the handle.

What about using a darker wood species for the top, then using a third species for the handle?

Maybe go walnut on top, with a cherry handle?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 931 days ago

No matter what the wood is it looks great Art. If the wife likes it thats all that counts anyway. Keepem coming.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 931 days ago

I might have even put all the knots that are on the back on the front. they’re very eye catching and interesting.

nice little box though. great for gifts.

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#4 posted 931 days ago

That is a very good looking box. I think this is a great use for that wood (Pinus Palletica).

I agree with flippedcracker that the knots on the back are intriguing.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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#5 posted 931 days ago

Good looking box, well done.

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

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#6 posted 931 days ago

Great little box. Simple and rustic.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#7 posted 931 days ago

Great Job Art, a Nice Box and a Happy Wife… What could be better?!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 931 days ago

looks gr8. I do think pallet wood is a species

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 931 days ago

looks great Art.
If Palette Pine isn’t a species, I don’t know what the heck I have laying all over the place around here?!
Love the Dove Tails and I bet the wife does too.
Now, go and enjoy some of the secrets that that box contains!

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 930 days ago

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 929 days ago

Nicely done. That top lift handle adds to the overall effect.

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#12 posted 928 days ago

Well done Box Art. That “pallet pine” sure looks nice.

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