Cherry and Maple Half Blind Dovetail Box

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Project by tallinstaller posted 01-24-2013 01:55 AM 3100 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box started life as practice for half blind dovetails for a drawer in a different project. It was my first time doing half blinds but all four sets turned out great so I went on to the actual drawer. The practice box sat around my shop until the day before our family Christmas get together rolled around and I needed to make a box for my sister-in-law, Christen. I chopped a piece of maple with some character off the end of a board and rabbeted the edges with a shoulder plane and chamfered the edges to make a lid. I went ahead and chamfered the box and fitted it with green velvet for the bottom and finished it with the Jeff Jewitt quick box finish featured in Pop Wood a while back. It’s a quick wipe down and then right back off with BLO then three coats of thinned Seal Coat Shellac then buff out with steel wool and then two coats of paste wax. This will probably become my go to finish for boxes in the future. It’s quick, beautiful and almost impossible to mess up.


-- Jason

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 03:03 AM

Great looking box,very well done.

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 02:32 PM

great idea… do a little practice work that ends up as a beautiful gift project. well done.

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