My Pine Box

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Project by Bagtown posted 682 days ago 1265 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finished this pine box.
It measures about 4.5” H x 5.5” Deep x 12” long.
I tried to match the grain going around the box and it worked well.
I looked through the lumber pile to find that flat sawn piece on the top as I wanted it for this purpose.
The other big thing for me is the dovetails on here. I went through a lot of scrap pine before I finally figured out how they work for me. Tails first. :)
Sides are 1\2” thick and the top and bottom are about 5\8” thick.

The plan is to put candles (tapers) in the box for a wedding gift to a young couple.

Finish was difficult a few weeks ago because of the humidity, which is why it’s late for the wedding.
Finish is oil based poly which I wasn’t thrilled about but I want it to mellow with age and the oil based will work better than water based for that.

Thanks for looking.

PS the last shot is of my shop helper.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#1 posted 682 days ago

Pine is one of the most under-appreciated woods. I love it! And those are some very nice dovetails!

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#2 posted 682 days ago

Mike that is a fine example of classic dovetail joinery. I think you have done a wonderful job.
Now the last picture. I dont know what kind of hammer you have been hitting that dog in the face with but you need to stop!
Nice project as well!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 682 days ago

Nice dovetails Mike…..really nice. The practice really shows. Great gift….. and love the pug.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 682 days ago

I love pine too!!!! And Superdav….LMAO!!!!

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#5 posted 682 days ago

Sweet job on the dovetails and the box as a whole. Nice job!!

I wanted to type something funny, but I can’t think right!!! I meant right now.

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#6 posted 682 days ago

Congrats on the fine box and Tails First! :-)

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#7 posted 682 days ago

Pine box and wedding. There’s a connection there…..

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#8 posted 682 days ago

Great looking box. Dovetails, by hand?

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#9 posted 682 days ago

well done… I like the look of pine. alternative finishes could be milk paint. dovetails would still show through nicely. I might try that. ...hmmm, I have a dovetailed pine box without a lid… you got me thinking… do a lid as you did, and paint over the ugly stain I attempted to use with milk paint… it could be salvageable that way. Yeah, I need to add a foot moulding, too.

Anyway, I like your box.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 682 days ago

Thank you all for the kind comments.
Oldtool, yes they were cut by hand.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#11 posted 681 days ago

Those dovetails are BETTER than machine cut. Nice work. I’ll be stuffed in a pine box pushin up daisies before I learn to cut tails that well.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#12 posted 681 days ago

Thanks Matt, I went through a lot of scrap trying to get this to look right.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#13 posted 680 days ago

Those are some fine looking dovetails!

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