Walnut and Maple Dovetailed Box for Dede

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Project by tallinstaller posted 621 days ago 1185 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Dede’s box but it should be called the Murphy’s Box. I swear, everything that could possibly go wrong did. I ended up throwing away one of the pin boards due to horrible blow out and completely redoing it. After the box was done except for cutting the groove for the bottom, I cut the grooves on the outside of the tail boards. Amazingly enough the dovetails were so symmetrical and the same size that I was able to just reverse them and they fit! This box has better figure inside than out! The handle was shaped with rasps and knives and sandpaper and then just glued to the front of the lid. The finish is Witches Brew and wax and the bottom is dark purple crushed velvet.

Happy Birthday Dede!

-- Jason

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#1 posted 621 days ago

Beautiful box, beautiful dovetails.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 621 days ago

Nice looking box. I live with Murphy’s law.

-- 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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#3 posted 621 days ago


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 621 days ago

Great through dovetails. Nice box.

-- If a woodchuck could chuck wood, he's probably not a Lumberjock --

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#5 posted 620 days ago

Excellent, the proud lid is handsome.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#6 posted 620 days ago

We all live with a very active Mr. Murphy …
I really like how the top pin offset matches the lid offset … Great little detail.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#7 posted 620 days ago

Very nice work on the dovetails, glad to see you lined the box so many are shone on here with no though of the interior. May I offer some advise and I mean in a good way. Your box is great, you need to present it in a good way, the backgound should be on solid color any pattern takes away from the project, also never show a picture of a box taken in your shop, I did when I started and got alot replies about the state of my shop and not about the project. I enjoy making boxes and I hope to see more of yours.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Thank you for the advice! Actually the shop photo is the only one I took. I put the wax on this ten minutes AFTER I was supposed to meet my sister. And the top only got two coats of the oil varnish blend whereas the rest got three. My sister took the three finished pictures after she got it home. I usually do pictures myself but didn’t have the time this time. What’s your go to finish on a box like that? I do velvet bottoms in all my boxes. Both the inside and outside of the bottom.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 620 days ago

This style box would be a great way to practice dovetailing, great work on this box thank for showing…BC

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#10 posted 619 days ago

I’m with tomd on this, Every step is equally important. Most important is who it was made for. Visual presentation is all we have here on LJ’s but also if your work goes into a portfollio it will help others to know what you do.

The box has many great points. I can’t touch it, but my eyes go over it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 618 days ago

I bounce back and forth between shellac and lacquer but finishing is always a problem for me. If you look at my last say dozen boxes you will find I line them bottom and sides not lid and not on the bottom outside.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 618 days ago

Tom! Your boxes are AMAZING! How do you line them? Do you flock? Adhesive backed velvet? Glue in standard velvet?

-- Jason

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