Petite Pine Chest with Dovetailed Corners

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Project by Glenn posted 01-30-2012 02:28 AM 2063 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a Porter Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig for Christmas, and this project was pure practice for making through dovetails and is my first attempt at it. I only finished it because I found myself with four box sides made out of scrap pine and needed something to do with them, so I kept going. Why waste the wood, right? Well, I think it turned out pretty good for a little utility chest. It measures about 22”x11”x11”. Finish is Minwax Gel Stain (cherry), and Minwax Wipe-On Poly. Box isn’t perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for an “accidental” project. Here’s the video review of the jig posted on Amazon:

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 03:38 AM

This looks great Glen a wonderful chest.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 05:01 AM

Nice looking “practice” piece. Probably a variety of uses for a chest this size. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 08:59 AM

Great looking chest!

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 01:25 PM

I think that there are many who would be pleased to have produced this smashing little chest – whether ‘accidental’ or not!

Personally, I like the design feature on the front LOL!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 02:41 PM

Thank you, gentlemen, for your comments! There are quite a few of those “design features.” I consider them unique qualities, LOL!

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 02:51 PM

Very nice work on this box.

I like the top panel.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 10:36 PM

Very nice! I too like the detail on the lid.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 02:15 AM

Thanks. I used a raised panel bit in my router table. The panel floats in a dado. Bottom, too, but its not raised.

Wait, that would be a rabbet, right? Don’t dados technically run cross-grain?

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 04:36 AM

That’s really nice work. I like how some projects take on a life of their own. A guy gave me a stack of wood from his burn pile. I made this shop tool cabinet out of it.

He was not amused. :-)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 05:34 AM

That’s quite a nice cabinet, Glen. I love it when you can get something useful out of a pile of scrap that also turns out to be useful.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 06:31 PM

Great storage unit – lots of character. No one would believe that scrap produced such a terrific item.

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