A dovetail wonder

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Project by Justin posted 02-23-2008 02:40 AM 1909 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
A dovetail wonder
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This whole bench was build with sliding dovetail. It was for a customer that wanted a bench to stick the families shoes in when they walked in the door. Needless to say she ended up not wanting it (we won’t go in to that one). So my mom ended up getting it. It was the first time I ever messed with Dovetail joinery and I was surprised just how strong they were.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-23-2008 03:40 AM

This is a nice piece. I am sure that your mother appreciated it. With this many dovetails in it I am sure that the joints will never fail. Good job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-23-2008 03:47 AM

Dovetails are pretty strong. Good job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-23-2008 09:27 AM

The back of the bench is very impressive along with the whole piece.Pl add more photos if possible.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 02-23-2008 11:44 AM

Looks good. How did you finish it?

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#5 posted 02-23-2008 02:55 PM

Well, Mom wins this one, can’t understand why people do things like that sometimes…oh well, their loss :>) Nice bench.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 02:44 AM

The back resembles a bat. Any coincidence?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 05:10 AM

No finish, To save money the customer want it unfinished. To this day my mom has yet to finish it. But it is loaded with shoes. The shape is just something I came up with. The customer had a house that was filled with country style furnishing. This was what I came up with and she like it.


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#8 posted 03-07-2008 01:29 AM

that is a nice piece. I’m surprised that the customer turned it down. sliding dovetails are a very strong joint. it came out great and I’m sure your mother will really appreciate it.

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#9 posted 08-13-2008 06:01 AM

Did your customer approve the design ? It kinda looks like Batman or the Statue of Liberty crown to me for some reason . If she has “country style furnishings ” , I can’t see how this would fit in . I think you did a great job building it though . I like everything about it except the backrest design …maybe it scared her kids ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 05:35 AM

That’s a real nice job…

-- Rick

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