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Project by Trev_Batstone posted 854 days ago 2333 views 6 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project which I just finished this morning is this dovetail splined box. This is my first time ever of creating anything with dovetails, but I was inspired by Peter Dunsmore’s YouTube video on how to make the jig for cutting the dovetail slots, so I made the jig and went to work on this box.

The box sides are reclaimed mahogany which a friend gave me a few weeks ago. The top insert is 1/2” solid (not veneered) birds-eye maple, which I sliced off a burl that I bought a few weeks ago. The dovetail splines are birch and the lifting knob is a small piece of poplar which is recessed into the top of the box. This box features quadrant hinges, which I have never worked with before (again inspired by Peter Dunsmore). The quadrant hinges keep the lid open at 100 degrees. During the construction process, I made the box in a completely closed fashion, then cut the box open on the table saw, which kept the grain pattern matching with the top and bottom portions of the box. The bottom is lined with red stiffened felt which was applied to the bottom piece of 1/4” baltic birch ply which was rabbitted into the bottom before the box was cut open. Finished with tung oil only. The box measures 9”x9”x4”. Thanks for looking.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.





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Woodenwizard

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#1 posted 854 days ago

Great looking box. I really like the top and the hinges.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 854 days ago

Trev,

Anyone who can install quadrant hinges well has my undying admiration. Beautiful work. Dovetails are much harder than flat splines.

I wonder how this would look with a lift protruding out of the face instead of inset in the top?

I looked back and saw your press. How is that working and have you tried it when attaching solid tops to boxes?

-- Big Al in IN

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Roque

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#3 posted 854 days ago

Very nice box. Excellent dovetail work.

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 854 days ago

Nice looking box, the dovetailed splines look great and such a nice contrast in the wood.

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

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Trev_Batstone

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#5 posted 854 days ago

To Boxguy.. The press is working fine. I have made a couple ofpanels, but have not incorporated them into any projects as yet. I’m going to try hide glueing in the near future.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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peterrum

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#6 posted 854 days ago

That is a great looking box. Good job. Nice to see that burl in action. You keep increasing the difficulty level with your work and its paying off.

-- Carpe Diem

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Woodbridge

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#7 posted 854 days ago

Beautiful box. The birdseye maple top is really nice, as is the contrasting colour of the mahogany sides, maple top and the dovetail splines.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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shipwright

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#8 posted 854 days ago

Nice one Trev. Good balance and a solid feel. I really like the birdseye.
Keep up the fine work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Ian Hawthorne

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#9 posted 854 days ago

Great looking box Trev – nice contrast topped of with fine work.

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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robert triplett

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#10 posted 854 days ago

a very fine specimen of a box. Many well done details. I have not worked much with mahogany. I thought it was Walnut. The two go well together. I have made a few boxes where I cut the top away like you did. Not sure why i stopped! It is a good method. tanks for letting us see this.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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lizardhead

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#11 posted 854 days ago

Love this box—nice work

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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HawkDriver

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#12 posted 854 days ago

Really nice box!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 854 days ago

Very nice box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Chris

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#14 posted 854 days ago

Really nice looking box, I especially like contrast of the woods and how well they go together. Really eye catching. I haven’t used the quadrant hinges either, did you have any trouble installing them?

-- May the Lord bless you and keep you

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bigkev

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#15 posted 853 days ago

Beautiful.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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