|Project by RHaynes||posted 01-28-2014 07:26 PM||1683 views||1 time favorited||19 comments|
After practicing for over a month on cutting dovetails by hand and getting some pretty humorous (if not occasionally demoralizing) results, I purchased a few different guides. The first set to arrive was the Veritas guide and saw set. That was followed by David Barron's guides and saw recommendation, a Gyokucho #372. The difference with guided cuts was night and day. This box is my first project with “passable” hand-cut dovetails. I used the Veritas guide and saw set for this project, but after it was completed the David Barron guides arrived—I prefer them greatly over the Veritas set. I’ll post another project soon made with the David Barron guides, much better results.
This is a 4” square, loose-lid box, designed to hold my wife’s rosary beads. It’s 1/2” poplar except for the bottom, which is 1/4” maple plywood. I’m very happy with the fit of the lid as you can see if the last picture. It is finished with Watco’s dark walnut danish oil that I worked in with synthetic finishing pads from Rockler, using the fine grit for the second coat and the extra fine for the third and final coats.
I’m glad I tried to tackle the art of handcut dovetails. It quickly hooked me and I learned a LOT of important skills, especially use of a marking gauge and marking knife, and MUCH better chisel techniques. I’ll be doing more of these in the future.
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