Dovetailed Box with Veener & Inlaid Lid

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 01-20-2014 11:21 PM 1653 views 2 times 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 01-20-2014 11:25 PM

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 01-20-2014 11:42 PM

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

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 11:43 PM


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 01-20-2014 11:48 PM

Awesome looking box! be proud!

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

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#5 posted 01-21-2014 12:19 AM

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 01-21-2014 01:28 AM

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. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 04:44 AM

Choice of woods very nice as is the jointery

-- Norman

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 06:26 AM

Nice work

-- Vince

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 09:48 AM

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

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 01:23 AM

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

-- Dean

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#11 posted 01-30-2014 02:21 PM

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 01-30-2014 02:24 PM

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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