Dovetailed box in pine and ash

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 06-16-2012 07:20 PM 2098 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to say that I’m very pleased with the way that this one has turned out. As ever, made by eye and without a plan, it will remain unique.

Presented here is a pine box in carefully selected timber, dovetail jointed, with pretty little brass butterfly hinges and a catch, finished in my favourite Danish oil before a final buff with wax polish. The piece features an inset lid using highly figured ash, scraped and polished to a lustrous finish. Lovely: even if I do say so myself!

The piece’s external dimensions in millimetres are width 200, depth 155, height 76.

This box has quite a high storage capacity for its size, due to the inset panel lid and the base location. It is useful for storing a range of small items, or simply for its appearance which I hope will complement many a modern room in a range of styles.

I hope that you will like this piece.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 06-16-2012 07:55 PM

You know what? This is a very unusual and unconventional way that you have worked these dovetails into this box. You make be onto a new style. Congratulations. I like things that are different.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 06-16-2012 08:57 PM

I love the design but am not a normal fan of pine especially white pine but you have proven me wrong.Lovely box Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 11:33 PM

Neat design.

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

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#4 posted 06-17-2012 01:38 AM

You did good ,great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 05:54 AM


I am not a big fan of thick sides or dovetails, but I really like your design. In this case you have made both thickness and dovetails into a real plus. I see that the thin dado in the top and bottom would increase the volume of the box. The slight arch at the bottom and sides is a nice touch.

Often it seems that my boxes evolve through several variations of the same basic design. Might be interesting to see what would happen with variations on this theme. Thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 06-17-2012 06:12 AM

I really like boxes such as this. The design elements of the dovetails, and the arches at the bottom are very beautiful. I also like the simple inset lid. The only thing I see lacking on this is the choice of hardware. Very well done with this box Stanley.

Please tell me about the little dot shown on the last picture between the hinges. This hints of reclaimed lumber. Is it?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 06-17-2012 08:25 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.

On integrating the dovetails, the box was made as one and then the top sawn off through one of the joints to make the lid.

I normally cut arches at the base as this gives a lighter appearance to the piece and makes it easier to get it to sit right on a flat surface.

The little dots were cut to make sure that I got the lid the right way round when I pinned the hinges on. I’m very prone to making stupid mistakes in this respect and I never seem to learn. The pine is not reclaimed, but is off-cuts from another job (Welsh dresser). I noticed that it had some quite nice red figure and cut out some un-knotted sections for this box.

In common with Alistair, I am not a pine fan. I am a fan of dovetails, but not in pine as it tends to be too elastic (as I’m sure that many have found out) and is difficult to cut cleanly. This did perform quite well, but I did sharpen all the tools to an absolute razor before starting.

Sorry about the hardware; I do seem to have poor taste in this area and I do still quite like these little butterfly hinges.
Best regards.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#8 posted 06-18-2012 06:05 AM

Great,very nice dovetails

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-18-2012 04:01 PM

Visually pleasing, and good choice of colors. Hand cut dovetails, in pine. I’m figuring out is a challenge. Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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