Toolbox - first attempt at dovetails

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Project by lumberjoe posted 03-31-2012 12:38 AM 2747 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used some scraps of common #2 pine I had lying around. I wanted to try out my new dovetail jig. The fleur de lis is stained on, not an inlay. I built this to hold some precision tools. I also sat down at my wife’s sewing machine and made a canvas pouch for pencils, scissors, etc.

Edit 3/31 Included a pic of the top and the pouch I made. The top was also my first attempt at laminating smaller stock. It came out good. It’s banded (I don’t like end grain) and the front has a roman ogee profile


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#1 posted 03-31-2012 01:16 AM

nice chest ,looks like you got those dove tail going .what kind of jig did you use.great project like the fleur de lis go Saints i’m still tring to do the dove tails may get a jig

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 01:24 AM

I actually used this:

It was 40$. It was a pain to use. You can only do 6” at a time (the box is 14”x19”) and you cut the pins and tails separate. I wasn’t expecting much for 40$, but it worked out ok. I really just wanted to understand the dovetailing principles before I look for a decent jig.


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#3 posted 03-31-2012 02:31 AM

looks great I’m working on my first box now and I would like to do some dove tails

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 03:49 AM

Good job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 03-31-2012 04:38 AM

Great looking case,box,? When I saw the fleur I thought BSA. I like the tails to show on the front of my boxes so I put handles, on pin side.
keep up the good work

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 08:21 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 02:31 PM

Really cool, nice joinery and I like the finish

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 09:09 PM

Thanks. I’ll post some more pictures soon. the finish is Minwax early american stain and 5 coats of minwax poly. The inside is just poly. I steel wool in between coats of poly. After the final coat, I buff it with 3M Perfect It II 3000 grit compound. The Fleur is something my wife had kicking around. I figured since I am French, it’s a good fit.

Thanks for the comments


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