Oak and Walnut Dovetailed Box for Katy

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Project by tallinstaller posted 11-20-2012 01:41 AM 2281 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was for my sister Katy for her birthday and is my first box with my new Veritas 14 tpi dovetail saw. I was able to cut much smaller and tighter dovetails than on my other boxes. I was also using my newly made 1:7 dovetail marker. So far, I’ve done all my dovetails by eye but I needed more uniformity for half blinds on a drawer front that I wanted to look perfect so I made a marker. For these I marked just one line and cut on that and then put my saw directly in the kerf for the second cut. I also had to create a new chisel to clean out the waste. Before now all my pins were 1/4 inch or more at the wide end but these are only 1/8. I ground down the edges of my 1/8 inch chisel to a sharp bevel. It’s now shaped like a triangle and all edges are sharp, including the top. Well, back to the box. It’s walnut and red oak and the bottom is lined with royal blue velvet inside and out. The top is a single piece of walnut with a hole made with a forstner bit. I then chiseled out a 1/4 inch wide groove to fit the handle in. The handle is about 1/4 by 1/4 square walnut and is glued down in the groove. The box is 5×7 5/8×3 1/4. Unlike most of my boxes, the top is flush with the sides. The lid is rabbeted to sit down just a bit into the box to keep the lid in place. The finish is BLO and wax.

-- Jason

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:50 AM

Really nice work sir

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 02:04 AM

Great looking box Jason,nice work.

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 02:24 AM

I like the box, the dovetails are fabulous. Your sister will love it.

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 04:16 AM

A really nice piece. Great design, great craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 01:56 PM

something about handcut dovetails give a project a whole different “aura.”
awesome work!

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 02:10 PM

Beautiful job all the way around!

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 04:33 PM

Well done, a real beauty!

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 05:17 PM

Magnificent project! The walnut looks good!

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#9 posted 11-21-2012 07:14 PM

Ostentatious display of pure talent. Excellent.

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