|Project by Lenny||posted 02-25-2012 09:02 PM||2355 views||4 times favorited||32 comments|
I have been busy making a slew of dipping boards with the intent of seeing how they fare at an Arts and Crafts show. I got tired of the repetitiveness of some of the processes and needed a distraction. I decided it was time I tried my hand at some double dovetails (DD). I have owned an Incra LS Positioner for a few years and essentially have only used it as a regular router fence. The process of making the DD is a bit cumbersome but it seems that once you master the steps, it is not too bad. So, what to make using the DD? Inspired by my good friend Ellen (Ellen35), I decided on a teabox.
I ran into some bumps along the way and had to cut off mistakes and try again. Originally, the box was to be 10”X10” but ended up 9.5”X9.5”. It is 4” high. It is made from some wonderfully figured curly maple and black walnut. The lid is a bookmatched field of curly maple in a frame of walnut. For contrast, the dividers are made of walnut. When the edges of the lid were still square, I felt they looked too box-y. I was going to round them over but felt that wouldn’t blend well with the sharp edges of the dovetails. Ultimately I tried a beveled edge and I am happy with the look.
When it came to finish I went with two coats of Bush Oil. This was my second use of this product and again I am delighted with the results. It brings such definition to the grain of the wood. After the oil dried sufficiently, I added two coats of Minwax wipe-on polyurethane, using #0000 steel wool in between coats. Lastly, I applied a paste wax using the steel wool and buffed it out with a cloth.
I want to thank Ellen for answering a few questions I threw her way as this project proceeded. I have another teabox under construction and fear that I too may have been bitten by the box-making bug!
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI