My first attempt with dovetails.

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Project by Greg In Maryland posted 362 days ago 1616 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this toolbox based loosely on a plan in Shopnotes (Volume 20, Issue 120, August 2011). Other than the rough dimensions, I made it up as I went along. This is my first attempt at dovetails and massive amounts of epoxy was used to make sure the dovetails don’t go anywhere.

The box is cherry, and the handle has is cherry strip laminated between two strips of hard maple. The handle was bandsawn from a oversize piece and then shaped with planes, spokeshaves and sandpaper. The handle is held in place with glue and dowel pins. The finish is Watco danish oil with wax on top of it.

Thanks for looking

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Don W

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#1 posted 362 days ago

Lookin good Greg. Great looking tote. Not bad dovetails for any try, say nothing about the first try.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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randy hudon

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#2 posted 362 days ago

nice job I tried to do dovetails one time by hand and it took to long so I gave up/gave in and bought the 24 inch Omni no patience here my did a great job.

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#3 posted 361 days ago

The dovetails look great as a first time try out you have to be very pleased with the outcome….very neat project…well done.

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

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#4 posted 361 days ago

I really like the look of that especially the flow of the sides on into the handle.


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#5 posted 361 days ago

Nice job!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 361 days ago

Nice too tote,Greg!! Good looking dovetails and I like the user friendly handle!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 361 days ago

Excellent work.

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#8 posted 361 days ago

Nice looking Dovetails!
Very nice!!
Keep up the great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 361 days ago

Wonderful tote, no reason to be nothing but happy.
Congrat, what a fine way to carry your tools.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 361 days ago

Great work…nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 361 days ago

I really like the contours and angles around the sides.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#12 posted 361 days ago

A cool heirloom, man. Hey, how did you make the bottom? Is it plywood? Placed in a router installed dado?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#13 posted 361 days ago

Looks nice. I haven’t tried this yet. It’s on my list though

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#14 posted 361 days ago

I really like your handle, it must feel good when you carry it. Dovetails look great, still not there yet so I like those quite a bit.

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#15 posted 361 days ago

nice toolbox very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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