A Little Box

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 03-21-2007 04:04 PM 2546 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know that the joints aren’t close but I decided to post this first attempt anyway just so I could look back at it to see how far I have progressed (a hopeful, optimistic view that I will indeed improve my joinery skill!!)

Front and back are willow
Sides and bottom are oak (leftover piece of wood).
The Scrollsaw was used for all of the cutting, based on the plan that I had found in a scrollsaw book.

As I sit here and analyze the cuts (again) I see that this front view has the most flawed joints of all the sides.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 03-21-2007 04:21 PM


I think that the joints go rather well with the rustic edges of the wood. I like the way the entire box looks…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 03-21-2007 04:28 PM

I never thought of THAT, Max!!

Yah.. I did it on purpose so that it would look RUSTIC!!
Good one.

And thanks, Max.
My daughter and Rick both really liked it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-21-2007 04:32 PM

You’ll get the joints right. Keep up the good work! I really do like the bark on the top.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#4 posted 03-21-2007 04:33 PM

thanks BB. Me too :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-21-2007 04:35 PM

Great JOB Debbie. I know you wanted the joints all tight and purdy, but that wasn’t the purpose. They we just supposed to be … And the ARE !!!!

Now are they dovetails or box joints? I want more pictures posted… the film is free.

For your first joints… I give you a “B”. An “A” would have been perfect, and they are above average, so a “C” is not good enough .

I’m proud of you… stepping out into thin air where there was nobody to catch you… BRAVO.

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#6 posted 03-21-2007 04:46 PM

It looks great to me. I like things that look a little rough. Plus, you can keep this as a reminder of where you started. So far my first attempts at hand cut dovetails have been pretty far less than perfect. But, the more things we make, the better we get. Soon, you’ll be at the point where you will make something purposely look bad just for the rustic design. If anything, the choice of wood is nice, that wild grain, rough edge look really neat. Really distinctive. Anyone can learn to cut a joint, finding the right wood takes talent.

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#7 posted 03-21-2007 05:35 PM

the joints are great, practice makes perfect.

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-21-2007 05:36 PM

thank you so much guys :)



-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-21-2007 05:39 PM

Not bad, Debbie. I can’t imagine trying this with a scroll saw! I think you’re very brave, and that’s some pretty wood.


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#10 posted 03-21-2007 05:59 PM

not brave, Barb—it’s just that I am starting from scratch here, so when I found a pattern for the box I tried it. I wouldn’t know how else to make the little notches.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 03-21-2007 10:08 PM

excellent work Debbie, keep at it, I ant wait to see your table…also, you’re number 1 now, congrats

-- Cheers

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#12 posted 03-21-2007 10:09 PM

the pressure of being #1 (and it just shows my addition level!!)

ah the table :) lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 03-22-2007 02:47 AM

I get away with that type of joinery all the time! That is how my dovetails look.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 03-22-2007 05:37 AM

That’s a cute little box, it looks a lot older than it is, like an antique, & I like the Willow.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 03-22-2007 11:38 AM

older is good!!! older is perfect. That’s the look I want my house to have.

isn’t the willow beautiful??? :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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