Commisions #12: money box #1

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 10-18-2008 03:13 AM 1388 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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hey everyone, just got a commission from the club that i am in for school to build a money box for when we have bake sales and other various sales. I am planning on making it out of Jatoba because thats what i have around right now. i am planning on dying it up and everything too. so first i started by milling the lumber down to a little under 3/8” and a little over 5/16ths. i am using such thin material so i could get as much lumber out of my lumber. i resawed the rough boards on my bandsaw and milled them down. here is a picture of everything milled and cut to length all laid out for the dovetails.

then i cleaned up the insides with my number 3 and a card scraper because clean up over the pins after the dovetails are cut will mess with the fit

then i cut the dovetails. i cut them on my Leigh D4R. not much room for creativity on these small pieces.

then i cut all the various corresponding slots in all the sides for the different compartments to hold the money.

last today i glues up all the dovetails. the slots are all lining up from what i can tell. there is no bottom because that will go in later. wish i could have put it in now but i have to finish it and everything and just putting it in later will make the whole thing a whole lot easier. the bottom will be poplar. should be able to color it close to the jatoba which will be colored too

so thats it for now. sometime in the next few days i will go over making the dividers as well as the lid and last the finish. pretty simple project but its a fun one too.

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#1 posted 10-18-2008 04:09 AM


Man, that’s a lot of work in a short period of time. You must be getting good at setting up that dovetail jig!!

Maybe I am looking at it wrong, but it looks like one of the slots, for the bottom, goes completely thru the end dovetail. Would a stopped dado have been better there?


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#2 posted 10-18-2008 04:31 AM

thanks lew

and no unfortunately you’re looking at it right. that never occured to me until after i was in dry fit. i think i will try to cut a little strip that can go in there. when it is died you won’t be able to see such a small patch.

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#3 posted 10-18-2008 05:57 AM

Nice work Dennis.

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#4 posted 10-18-2008 06:00 AM

Nice start please keep us posted?

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#5 posted 10-18-2008 06:32 AM

I am finishing a piece with Jatoba currently and the it looks great with just a few coats of Waterlox applied with cheese cloth.

Nice work with the dove tails and I really like the planing board you have there.

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#6 posted 10-18-2008 07:13 AM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 10-18-2008 10:20 AM

Good work Dennis. It looks like it will come out great.

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#8 posted 10-18-2008 02:45 PM

i don’t know you must have a nice piece of jatoba there. i’ve tried a few natural finishes on a test piece and i don’t like it that much. i know it will be better when it ages but i can bring it to color now. gonna make it really red. with just a hint or brown. should look nice.

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#9 posted 10-18-2008 03:46 PM

Hi Denis;

So far, so good.


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#10 posted 10-18-2008 04:33 PM

hey Dennis – looking good.

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#11 posted 10-19-2008 01:07 AM

good job. cant wait for the finish.

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