DoveTail Boxes

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Project by robscastle posted 05-22-2013 10:02 AM 1402 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never made boxes using dovetails before
So this was an experiment in box making along with learning how to use the dovetail Jig.

They all came about from a visit to the Brisbane wood expo on the weekend.
It was while I was there I saw a demonstration of the Gifkins Dovetail jig by Col Hosie.

I was so impressed I returned the same afternoon and bought a box-makers starter Kit.

I selected some pine for my first attempts and then used some European walnut for the final box.
Glued them together rounded over the edges and sanded the boxes to 400 Grit

The photos show the results I achieved.

I was going to add a blog on the dovetail jig, but today whilst at LLWW Larry (Degoose) also had purchased one from a previous demonstration conducted at Maleny, and he said he was going to do a full review on his purchases, so as not to steal his thunder I will leave the blog/review for the time being.

Hint: Larry bought some other pretty interesting equipment at the show as well so standby for some really fascinating tool reviews.


Robert Brennan

The actual Box sizes have been added (a request from darinS )and Photo No 6 a picture of the jig added plus correcting a few typos.

The Plywood bottom Box is
240 mm x 105 mm x 65 mm and an internal depth of 55 mm

The Natural timber bottom Box is
245 mm x 90 mm x 65 mm and an internal depth of 55 mm

The European Walnut Box is
265 mm x 90 mm x 95 mm and an internal depth of 85 mm

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 06:51 PM

Great job with the boxes. The results look outstanding. What size are the boxes?

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 09:21 PM

I still have to actually make some… got the table and jig all set…

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 05:10 AM

OK all that timber I collected yesterday !

Three slabs are no more !!
I selected three to make a box

And here is the result (in short form)

Greatly appreciated thanks again, enjoy

Well all I can say it that I am so impressed with the Jig I will have to do a blog on the process from the raw slabs to the final product.

Now a beer and thinking about a lid for it.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 06:09 PM

Great looking boxes and the dovetails are perfect!

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