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ever4ward

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08-15-2013 12:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools box making beginner

I’m planning my first project in my hand tool only shop. A dovetail jewelry type box.

I have practice made all of the various pieces I plan to use in scraps and am ready to make it for real.

My question is this: in my old power tool workshop I made finger joint boxes then cut the lid off with the table saw. I have become fairly good with hand sawing and have nice saws. Is this a typical means of making a box with hand tools? If not, what is your system? Thanks.

-- can you make anything from those shavings?


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#1 posted 08-15-2013 12:57 PM

there are lots of guys (and gals) here that make a lot more boxes than I do, but if I want the top to match, that’s what I do. (Although even using hand tools, I usually cheat on that step and use the table saw).

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 05:52 PM

Thanks Don, I don’t consider using a table saw cheating. Its just that I sold my table saw. And I don’t regret it, I just can’t find a description from anyone who doesn’t use a table saw… So I am probably going to just take my tenon saw and cut my box when I get to that point and see how it goes. Its just wood, right?

-- can you make anything from those shavings?

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 05:56 PM

It will work. Trust me :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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