Dovetailed Box with Veener & Inlaid Lid

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 89 days ago 740 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box as part of a class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I certainly could have made the box on my own, but I needed some woodworking motivation. Since the class began in Oct I’ve spent countless hours in the shop and posted several projects. The box is made of walnut with madrone burl veneered top and inlay framing the veneer. The dovetails were made using a tablesaw to cut the pins. The box is 13.5” x 8.25” x 4”. I used Brusso box hinges that open to 95 degrees. Critiques welcome.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 89 days ago

Glad to see that youve rekindled the passion Glen. The box is very easy on the eyes.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 89 days ago

The box looks great, the inlay just brings the box to the next level. Great job.

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 89 days ago


Now I need to rethink a box design I’m working on in my head. I like how the box and lid are cut apart at the dovetail. Interesting approach.

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 89 days ago

Awesome looking box! be proud!

-- A day without slivers is a day without sunshine!

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#5 posted 89 days ago

Nice work. Well done. The dovetails are an attractive accent and fit nicely with the lid and banding.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 89 days ago

That box really is an eye catcher. Great blend of woods.
You just don’t see allot of people using madrone burls. When I was a kid growing up in the Pacific North West we had Madrona trees, I wonder if they are cousins??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#7 posted 89 days ago

Choice of woods very nice as is the jointery

-- Norman

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#8 posted 89 days ago

Nice work

-- Vince

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#9 posted 89 days ago

Beautiful box Glen…nice joinery and inlay work…excellent job.

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

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#10 posted 88 days ago

That’s a great looking box! I love that inlay!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 80 days ago

Truly a fine box, fine with the contrast in the woods.
I would love if we had some woodworking classes here in Denmark, but it seems there are no interest.
So I just have to find my way.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 80 days ago

This is a beautiful box and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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