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Texchappy

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04-27-2012 02:33 PM

I’m going to start on my first woodworking project soon. I plan on using hand tools (that I’m about to buy). The project is a storage box for 20” x 30” tissue paper I use in model building. I’m going to dovetail the corners and haven’t decided on the top and bottom.

What wood would be a good choice? Rather not use plywood.

TIA,
Tony

-- Wood is not velveeta


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 02:45 PM

tex, basically any wood you can get your hands on! You can try to practice those dovetails in pine or oak considering theyre a bit cheaper and onc youve got it down, the worls is your oyster.

Welcome to the gang.

-- "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 04-27-2012 04:24 PM

I suggest poplar. You can get it at any big box store. It’s harder than pine and finer grained than oak. I tried using oak for my first set of dovetails and I had a hell of a time with it. The trouble with oak is that its hardness makes it really tough to cut even with a decent saw, and the grain is very coarse so it splinters and chips out in big chunks all over the place, even with sharp chisels.

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 04:35 PM

I would use 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood. Commercial drawer suppliers use it all the time and yes, it can be dovetailed. Besides all that it is stable.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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Texchappy

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 04:39 PM

Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I could see that from Oak.

One additional consideration: Since it will be used for storing paper, would moisture retention, oils, etc make a difference in wood choice?

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 07:08 PM

I think i might leave it a natural finish if paper were to be stored inside it but thats my opinion. Youd probably have to get into exotics to worry about really oily woods. Pine and fir may bleed a little sap out of not really dry. Poplar is a great idea BT. Poplar – the other white wood.

-- "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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