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Project by CalNinja posted 129 days ago 856 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was very excited to finally try dovetails. I used a router with a 1/2” dovetail bit and a jig, my hand cut dovetails aren’t good enough yet unfortunately. The outer dimensions are 25” X 20”X 3”, a lot larger than I what was planned for, however it came out great. I used select pine with traditional cherry stain. My favorite part may be that it opens from the front instead of having to remove the rear panel. This project definitely allowed me to use my router more freely.

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#1 posted 129 days ago

Nice job. The dovetails make all the difference.

I was in MALS-24 from 03-06……I always enjoyed coming to work with the morning view of K-Bay.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#2 posted 129 days ago

Nice work..

-- "Throttle"

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#3 posted 129 days ago

Very Nice,,, My routers are among my favorite tools in my shop….

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#4 posted 128 days ago

Semper Fi! I was 2nd Tracks out of Lejeune. beautiful job!

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#5 posted 122 days ago

It looks great and well finished. The dovetails are really well made. Great job!

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#6 posted 122 days ago

Neat job – you obviously take care in the details of your work. I’d like to build one of these for my father in-law’s WWII flag, ribbons and medals. Though he did not speak about it very much, he was one of the army ground troops in the battles for Guadalcanal and for the Philippines. So, I would also like to do a good job in his memory.

Could I ask what material you used for the back? Was it a plywood backside with felt cloth over a cardboard insert to provide a surface to put pins into? How did you attach the items to the backing, especially so that the sergeant’s patch did not curl up and the other items stayed in place?

thanks -

-- Barry

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