Corner post dovetails

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Project by The Box Whisperer posted 12-14-2012 11:22 PM 1729 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second time trying this joint, and while the DTs arnt all perfect, Im still pleased, they look nice.

These are made with reclaimed oak hardwood floor (not sure what type of oak) and some scrap red oak and walnut I had lying around. The bottoms are glued and pinned with micro dowels, I didn’t want to rabbit them as the box depth is only 1 7/8ths as is, I didn’t want to lose another 1/8th-1/4. The round red oak lid lift was boughten at lee valley, then other 2 were put together from scrap. I think I’m going to stop buying these things, I like my homeade ones better. The little striped one in particular turned out well. The tops are “gravity tops” (IE rabbited….yes I’m lazy :)). This was also my second run at laminating. I’m really trying to get the most out of the flooring. It didn’t come out perfectly flat as I don’t have the proper setup and enough clamps. I also don’t have a thickness planer so it meant a lot of time at the belt sander. Finish is 3 coats of Danish oil.


All wood cut down to 1/2” thickness on my table saw. I only have one DT bit and it cuts at 1/4”, so I figured 1/2 would work.

Outer dimensions, 6”x4”x3”
Inner dimensions, 5”x3”x1 7/8”

A small box indeed.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to make the most of old flooring, Id love to hear them.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 11:50 PM

I love the “corner post DT” feature! Yeah, stop buying and continue making your “lid lifts”!!!

I have about 150sgft of red oak flooring. I’ll be using it to make face frames and drawer fronts for the shop. I’ll also be using it to outfit the shop with “French Cleats”.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 11:53 PM

great ideas, thank you! French cleats are awesome.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 12:00 AM

They look cool BW

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-15-2012 01:30 AM

LOL…funny how the simple ideas are the ones that surprise you. I never thought to make corner post dovetails, yet they are a great idea. well done.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 02:50 AM

I agree, your lid lifts are better and more “individual” than anything you can buy from a chain store.
I really like the corner posts and may have to start in on some more handcut dovetails.
Thanks for posting.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 03:21 AM

Looks like you’re doing an awesome job using the flooring. I really like the handles on the lids.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 04:18 AM

B Dub, I really like the corner post idea. Great job. I haven’t seen that before. You should be able to inset the bottom with these too. All you need to do is cut a notch in the corner post with a trough-type spline slot cutter. Lay the post in the trough with the inside corner of your post down, cut your notch, and 45 the corners of your inserted bottom.

I think your corner posts would look good with a cove cut running the length (or most of it) on the outside corner. If you have never seen it I recommend the book 400 Wooden Boxes. It is just pictures, but is a great source of ideas and would make a nice Christmas present at $12 plus shipping. If you have been a good boy that is…

-- Big Al in IN

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The Box Whisperer

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 11:29 AM

Thanks everyone for the kinds words, although I want to make it clear I do these on a router table. Someone mentioned hand cut DTs, which is something Ive never tried.

Boxguy Im not quite following you on the inset bottom, not sure where the notched 45 would come in. Another great idea on coving the corner posts though, Ill have to try that. I do have 2 more of these boxes made but havnt finished them yet, maybe Ill try that today.

Thanks again.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 09:57 PM

Good finish ..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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