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Project by rlrjr posted 1045 days ago 879 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still trying new designs that I come across. The four strips of lamination in the top are bloodwood. The guy I buy lumber from told me last week that they had put a moratorium on harvesting bloodwood but I stopped by his shop today and he had plenty so I don’t know what the story is.

The box and lid are maple. The front and back edges of the lid are sapele as are the top and bottom edges and the dovetail corners. I really didn’t like the way the top edges of the box turned out because the piece that is used for the dovetail has a small piece of sapele on top and although they fit together without any gaps it took a lot of sanding to make everything level. Even after finishing with tung oil you can still see the short piece of sapele. I’m going to have to put some time in on figuring out how to make this box with just four strips of sapele around the top and eliminate the four very short pieces of sapele.

Doing the second round of routing for the dovetails after the sapele had been glued in was pretty frustrating because the router kept breaking pieces of the sapele off and I would have to stop and look around on the floor to find the broken piece so I could glue it back into place later. I think the trick of this step is to use plenty of glue to start with and allow the piece to dry for at least 24 hours. That being said the dovetail fit together so tightly there was little glue left on the piece after squeezing it into place. I tried using bloodwood before I went to the sapele but the bloodwood breaks like a piece of plastic regardless of how slow or carefully you feed it through the router bit. I cut the edges off in multiple passes through the bit (1/32”) at a time but the force of the bit still broke the bloodwood.

I did the hinges in sapele and the bullnose router bit is the way to go. It was very tricky gluing the hinge to the top edge of the box and after several tries, all of which failed in one way or another, I used brass screws. Without having to make a trip to town I used screws that I had on hand and they were a bit too large and really took away from the aesthetic look of the box which hand-make wood hinges are supposed to add.

Not really happy with this design and probably won’t make many more.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--





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dakremer

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#1 posted 1045 days ago

I must not be thinking outside the box enough (no pun intended). I still have NO CLUE how people do those joints on the corner!! Those looks awesome. Great job – thanks for sharing

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

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rlrjr

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#2 posted 1045 days ago

Dakremer,

I still have trouble understanding parts of this myself. I have to label each piece of the sides so I know which are pins and which are tails. I cut the dovetails on the front and back boards first which are wider than normal because I will join the side pieces later. In other words, I make two passes for each cut.Then with the jig still set up I take a separate piece of stock that is the same width as the front, back and side pieces. Instead of standing this piece on end to cut it I lay it flat on the table and route the matching grooves down the entire length of the board. Then using my crosscut sled I crosscut pieces off of this board that are slightly wider than the thickness of the box sides so I end up with 4 pieces, one for each joint. Then I glue them into the ends of the front and back boards and let it dry.

Back to the crosscut sled I trim off all but 1/32” from the outside of the small piece that I just glued to the end of the front and back pieces.

Back at the router table I make the normal cuts with the board standing on end. This produces the sapele outline of the joint. On the side pieces they lay flat on the router table and since these are blind dovetails I only route into the board the width of the bit plus a skosh. This still leaves a small triangular piece of wood that I take off with a wood chisel and then glue it and put them together.

You will always see part of this joint on the inside of the box as you can see in one of the photos above. (The only photo that has the top up.) If you route too deep, more than the diameter of the router bit you’ll end up with moon shaped holes that are visible from inside and it’s a real pain to fill these in with putty or wood filler because the unseen part of the cut is a crater and usually the wood filler just falls into the hole. I’m still trying to figure out how to make this simpler and maybe filling the crater with caulking it will support the wood filler and the hole will be covered.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1045 days ago

Nice looking box …the top of the chest that your box is pictured on is remarkable : ) Did you veneer it yourself ?

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

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rlrjr

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#4 posted 1041 days ago

Dusty56,

I never paid much attention to that little chest of drawers and really don’t know where we got it. I think my wife got it from her sister when she had a yard sale.

I can see what you are referring to in the photos. I just went in and looked at it and the entire top is in pretty good shape. Good grief! Add another project to the list.

Sometimes I wish that I’d started woodworking 40 years ago because I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to do all that I have in mind.

Rick

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1041 days ago

O’k …thanks for the response , and keep up the good work : )

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

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