|Project by Deaser||posted 04-02-2012 05:00 PM||2213 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a tissue box cover I built for my brother as a birthday gift. He asked for one of these about a year ago. It was my first attempt at hand-cut dovetails. The sides are Poplar, milled to 3/8” thick. My new Lie-Nielsen Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw cut like butta. (gloat…ahem) Wow, what a pleasure it is to use that saw! The sawing went more smoothly than expected, but I struggled most with the chisel work. I think I need to upgrade my Stanley Fat Max chisels, improve my sharpening skills, or consider a smaller bevel angle for Poplar? Probably all 3.
Once the sides were assembled, I was happy enough with the results that I decided to use a nice piece of Curly Cherry I had for the top. It’s 1/2” thick. I’m definitely a fan of Curly Cherry!
For the finished, I used a coat of boiled linseed oil, followed by a coat of dewaxed shellac, and then 3 coats of oil-based poly.
I liked this project so much I almost kept it for myself, but I’m glad I didn’t because my brother was pretty psyched when he opened his gift!
-- Steve, Pennsylvania