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First Dovetails or a completely useless rectangle

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Project by JADobson posted 610 days ago 1467 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unfortunately I don’t have my own shop, but I’m blessed with a brother who does and whenever I go to visit him he teaches me something new. Anyway, the last time was dovetail joints and I think they turned out pretty good. It is good to have an attentive teacher who keeps a careful eye on your work.

-- James





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woodenwarrior

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#1 posted 610 days ago

It seems to me that if you learned something from the project then it wasn’t useless. Nice tight dovetails!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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JADobson

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#2 posted 610 days ago

No, you’re right, the learning is priceless; the box itself on the other hand..

-- James

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Greg72

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#3 posted 610 days ago

Nice job! I love the look of the end grain.

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Condor1

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#4 posted 610 days ago

As it is in life it is in woodworking. The longest journey begins with a single step. Good start!

-- There are times when a mistake is remembered as your best work.

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Richforever

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#5 posted 610 days ago

Nice dovetails. Nice family. Keep up the good work.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 610 days ago

Put a bottom in it and a lid and it will become a unique functional piece. Great brother you have? Yes?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 610 days ago

Sorry, just looked at all the pics. Just needs a top and you can figure out hinges which is a whole other learning experience.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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vipond33

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#8 posted 610 days ago

Nothing wrong here that a little mitering or veneering over wouldn’t help.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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shipwright

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#9 posted 610 days ago

I built a little box once when practicing marquetry. When I was done I realized that it was a pretty useless size but with a few dividers and spacer blocks in the bottom it worked out quite well as a little organizer on my bench. You’ll think of something.

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

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mnpete

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#10 posted 610 days ago

Hey, you can’t cut your 1000th dovetail until you cut your first! Good job!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop, http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 610 days ago

Gotta start somewhere. Nothing is useless, it’s purpose just needs to be found. This is a great addiction.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Juriathe

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#12 posted 609 days ago

the corners match and the rectangle stayed together; far better than my first attempt….or 20th !! Dovetails are one thing I need someone to show me because I still fumble them. Great job, in my opinion !

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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ugoboy

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#13 posted 609 days ago

No box is ever useless!! Put a simple top and bottom on it and you have a small storage place for small drill bits, dremel accessories. Interesting story, I was going thru my dad’s stuff many years ago after he pass away and I found a bunch of these small trinket boxes in his garage. There were all types of worthless things in the boxes. Then I stumbled onto a cool little treasure. My dad had a box full of Nickels and one box full of Pennies and Half Dollar pieces not very many in total maybe 40 or 50. All of the coins were 1920-1940’s. I remember my Dad sending me to the store to get some Chocolate milk and a fat pill (donuts) when I was a kid. When I returned he asked me for the change. He looked thru the coinage and found an old coin and he put it in one of these worthless boxes. Its not necessarily whats in the box but the memory it made!! I still have the boxes in my shop and I occasional add a coin to the collection.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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jaykaypur

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#14 posted 609 days ago

Good job, good work, and a great brother.

Keep on keepin’ on !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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synecdoche

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#15 posted 608 days ago

I want to make my first attempt at dovetails soon and I hope they look half this good!

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