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Project by nobuckle posted 500 days ago 1784 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yeah I know, it”s just a box. To me it means a great deal more than that. This is the first project I’ve completed where nothing but hand tools were used.

Firsts for me include;
-Planing everything to thickness using a scrub plane and my jack plane
-Creating the dovetail joints
-Creating the 1/4” rabbets in the box bottom to allow it to recess into the box

When it came time to do the dovetails I was extremely methodical. All in all it took me about 4 hours to create the tails and pins. I know that time will decrease as I become more proficient at creating dovetail joints.

I originally wanted to create the 1/4” deep rabbets using a chisel plane that I made, but that didn’t work out very well. I went with a chisel and mallet instead. The picture that shows the inside reveals some of the flaws made during the chiseling process.

I can’t stress enough the importance of a knife line. It’s amazing how clearly a knife line can be seen as you get close to bringing the material to final thickness or width. I learned I could create consistent results as long as didn’t cut past my knife line. Also, if you do not have a bench hook or a shooting board let me say that there is no way I could have completed this project without it. I highly recommend that you invest the time to make one, or several for that matter. They truly are worth their weight in gold.

Over all I am very pleased with how this simple (yeah, right!) little box turned out. I made it for my daughter who has decided to put her finger polish collection in it.

Thanks for taking time to look and read. Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"





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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 500 days ago

Love it. Those are awfully tight looking dovetails too. Mine still look like they’re made for a live-action Flintstones remake.

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Natalie

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#2 posted 500 days ago

Great project. If you hone your skills with hand tools you will save yourself tons of time a frustration having to do certain things that take more time to set up the machine as they do to do it by hand, and it’s so ZEN!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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LUMBERDONKS

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#3 posted 500 days ago

HEY BUCKO

WHAT’D YOU DO WITH THAT BOX?

-- SERVING FRESH HOT LUNCHES TO ALL LUMBER DONKS

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 499 days ago

This project came out very nice, great looking dovetails. I think you’ve discovered something the occurred to me while visiting the Anthony Hay Cabinetmaker Shop in Colonial Williamsburg; the old ways are a lot of fun, and provide a great deal of satisfaction to the user (well, at least for me they do). Aside from the usual benefits touted by hand tool enthusiast’s, no dust, no noise, etc., this method provides a degree of accomplishment with a craft- again, at least for me this is the case.
I agree with you about the knife lines, and not going beyond the markings. Proper layout and adherence to that layout creates a great deal of accuracy with the results, plus it’s just plain fun.
Enjoy your new found method of woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Gary

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#5 posted 499 days ago

That’s a gem. Nice work. Looks like great DTs.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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nobuckle

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#6 posted 499 days ago

LUMBERDONKS, it’s being used by my daughter to hold her collection of fingernail polish.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 499 days ago

Nice work, Doug. It looks like you learned a lot on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ben

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#8 posted 499 days ago

Great job. Your dovetails look nice and tight. I too have been trying to use hand tools almost exclusively. Projects may look simple, but they sure don’t let on how much time and effort goes into them.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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nobuckle

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#9 posted 499 days ago

I appreciate the kind words and support. There is still so much more to learn.

I have to admit that when I saw someone post a box I would say to myself “what’s the big deal about making a box?” What a fool I am to make such statements! A box is not just a box. I’ve learned that by making boxes one can learn the valuable skills needed for case work.

Suffice it to say that I have a new found respect for those of you who make “simple” boxes.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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mafe

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#10 posted 498 days ago

Congrat.
Impressed here, really nice tails.
A box is not a box – this is a really special box – period!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Roger

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#11 posted 498 days ago

Nice. I need to get into some dovetails

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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