Crochet Box

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Project by mpmitche posted 10-24-2011 03:44 AM 1800 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first serious attempt at handcut dovetails and it is much more difficult in hardwood than pine but by the end they were looking pretty decent. The box is Cherry with a poplar bottom. The poplar was a nice piece with greens and purples in it. Finish is oil/varnish and wax on the outside and untreated on the inside. This project took a lot more time than I expected but I learned a lot from it and had fun.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 04:14 AM

those are some good looking dovetails. I like the rased panel lid.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 04:42 AM

Very nice! Dovetails look great!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 10:02 AM

One dam seriously good attempt!
So nice box.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 01:38 PM

Your dovetails look very nice. Congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 01:46 PM

Nice dovetails! I like the spacing you chose.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 01:42 AM

Thanks for the kind works everyone. The errors are hard to see in the photo or from a distance and it looks quite good sitting in the living room. But when you get up close they are there. I hope as the cherry ages they will become harder to see. I found the raised panel particularly enjoyable to make as it was done simply with a rabbate plane and was surprisingly easy to make.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#7 posted 10-26-2011 01:43 AM

Deaser, the spacing was very much inspired by James Krenov.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 04:06 AM

This is very fine work.

The raised panel is a nice touch and so much fun to make. I think beveling in a drawer bottom by hand is my favorite part of working wood.

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

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#9 posted 12-04-2011 10:34 PM

Trust me man… You notice your gaps far more than anyone else does.

Nice box!

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