Just a box with hand cut dovetails

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Project by Dan posted 07-19-2013 11:40 PM 1806 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a piece of firewood that i held back for 10 years it laid in my shop. I finally had a need for making a small tool box for my chainsaw tools. This was on a whim of a design and i only had one block of wood to make the whole project. I have used some Walnut as stretchers and trim to get it all done. This design was all driven with the limited amount of wood. The main species is Oak and the grain runs around the box as book matched cuts. It has a free floating bottom to compensate for movement. All dovetail cuts were by hand and chop chiseled fit. Just to guess, it was about 20 hours along the way to finish it. It is a rubbed tung oil- varnish finish. I have other pics of the assembly i will update later. Thanks for looking, Dan

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 11:48 PM

Excellant dovetailing. Chainsaw tools should be happy!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 12:32 AM

Just a “very, very nice” box with hand cut dovetails. Wish I could do that.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 12:51 AM

“Just a box” he says!

“Just” beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 01:29 AM

Extremely fine looking box! I love the shape and lines of it. Way to go.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 02:28 AM

Very Very nice box – quite nice firewood also!!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 03:08 AM

Really, just a box he says. Looks more like a sick display of woodworking skill to me.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 09:27 AM

Congratulations on a wonderful build. This is the type of project that a person who loves wood can’t help but look at and enjoy. I’m not sure this is the right word but there’s something “raw” about it, something down to earth, that is so striking. And I haven’t even mentioned your craftsmanship! Well done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 07-20-2013 04:28 PM

Great box! Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Do all things to the Glory of God.

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 04:50 PM

Really great job on this. Those dovetails on compound angles seem tricky.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 07-20-2013 10:40 PM

Very nice box, the dovetails look great…excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 07-21-2013 04:01 PM

my first attempt to insert here, box bottom

top parts

chisel chopping as well, parring to fit.

ok, now to see how this looks as the viewer, i will add more, later. I am running out of time for my vanity top and mirror project.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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