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Project by Fettler posted 12-14-2013 11:11 AM 1023 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this boxes this week after work. The pin boards are made from Black Walnut, Tail boards are Spalted Maple and the top/bottom are Aromatic Cedar. I picked up the cedar/maple from Rockler’s Seattle store for 50% off. The store is closing down after 30 years and moving to a new location so they liquidated their lumber stock piles (it was pretty picked through when I got there).

This is the 3rd box I’ve made in my lifetime. I rough dimensioned the stock using a table saw and bandsaw; final dimensioning was done with hand tools. The stop dados were a pita, I would have used a router table but i haven’t put one together yet. I ended up using a Narex mortising chisel (it was the only 3/16” chisel i had) and a LN small router plane with a 3/32” blade.

I spent a good chunk of the construction time honing and attempting to sharpen the Narex chisel. While the steel is fairly hard it didn’t take as sharp an edge as my LN chisels. Bevel down it didn’t cut very well, bevel up it was difficult to control (the dado turned out really rough).

I finished the tail/pin boards with Renaissance wax, leaving the finish from the smooth plane. I left the tops/bottoms unfinished and lightly sanded the top.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA





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aussiedave

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 11:27 AM

Very nice joinery Rob the dove tails look excellent…well done and thanks for sharing.

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

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 01:59 PM

Clean work Fettler! I like the grain combos.

I spy a mallet and coping saw with a cord or nylon wrap
for gripping. What is it and how did you do that?

Me likey.

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Bobsboxes

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 03:53 PM

Nice clean lines, great dovetails, and wood combo’s.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 04:26 PM

You did a nice job on these dovetails.

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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BTimmons

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 05:27 PM

Fine work, sir. Your dedication shows in he details.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Fettler

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 05:38 PM

I wish i could take credit for that mallet, but it was made by Mr. Rob Cosman; signed and wrapped by the man himself. He converted me from square head mallets to turned head and I haven’t looked back since.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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bygrace

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 02:50 AM

Good looking box. I really like the dovetail joinery. I see a box like that, with the dovetails, in my future. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 12-18-2013 03:33 PM

Your dovetails look amazing! Like the attractive wood combo. Great job!

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