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Red Oak Hand Dovetailed Box

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Project by tallinstaller posted 934 days ago 1009 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box just to kill time in the shop. There was no one in mind and no real plan going in. It’s red oak with a walnut handle. The dovetails are hand cut and so are the grooves for the bottom and the groove on the lid that the walnut handle fits into. All the stock was dimensioned by hand except cutting to rough lengths. (I don’t have a crosscut hand saw yet) The bottom is real velvet inside and out. The finish is multiple coats of BLO and a reddish brown paste wax. The inside has no finish at all.

-- Jason





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pastorglen

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#1 posted 934 days ago

I really like the hand design. Very pretty.

Thanks for sharing it with us all!

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

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Martyroc

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#2 posted 934 days ago

Nice hand cut dovetails, I haven’t done that in 20+ years, since I got a router. Good job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Danpaddles

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#3 posted 934 days ago

very nice. How did you manage to do a velvet bottom? I have flocked the whole insides of a box, that takes time and some skill.

Wondering if what you are doing would be a better choice.

thx-

-- Dan V. in Indy

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 934 days ago

great looking boxes Jason Nice design and great build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doncutlip

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#5 posted 934 days ago

Good looking joinery, fine looking box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Eugene

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#6 posted 934 days ago

I am impressed with the hand cut dovetails. I’m still trying to get mine to be presentable. I know that only practice will get them to look like yours.

-- Eugene, North Carolina, slimderx@yahoo.com

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tallinstaller

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#7 posted 934 days ago

Dan, I take a piece of 1/8 inch hardboard and get stretch velvet and wrap it around the rough side and tape it with good old blue painters tape to the smooth side. Clip the corners an stick it in. I cut the hard board the same size as the opening in the box then take a few passes with a plane on my shooting board so that it’s a nice tight fit after the velvet is wrapped. You have to be careful pushing it in that the corners don’t scrunch up but once it’s in it won’t come out without pinching the velvet up and pulling it out.

-- Jason

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AKSteve

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#8 posted 933 days ago

Excellent DoveTails and the handle is really nice!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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