|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 03-19-2008 08:33 PM||1487 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I’ve been playing a bit with hand cutting dovetails, but if I wait til I get good enough at it to actually make a project, I might be too old to remember to post it here, and I found a very basic Craftsman dovetail jig on ebay for $8.00 (mostly plastic, but functional nonetheless), so I decided to try it out. (As luck would have it, I owned the necessary Craftsman router that it works with)
I keep my wallet & other misc. pocket debris in an old basket on a closet shelf, and I figured that it’s well hidden enough so that if I made a mess, who’d see it, anyhow. The basket is falling apart, so I now had a purpose for my project.
The design kind of just evolved as I went along…no real drawings. This is how I work a lot, but as you can imagine, the process can get challenging if the project is larger & more complex.
The box sides & divider are made from scrap poplar (1/2”) and the floor is maple pallet wood (about 5/8” thick) The floor of the box & the center divider/handle are held in place with glued in dowel pins, 1/4” for the floor & 3/16” for the divider. I thought the dowel end grain would go well with the dovetail end grain. The dimensions are roughly 7” x 8”. I say roughly because, since this was a “practice making dovetails” project, I started with longer pieces, and each time I screwed up a set, I just cut off the end of the piece and started over. (would you believe the original size was 48” x 46” ...OK, maybe not quite that big) I used several coats of shellac and finished with 2 coats of water based poly.
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