Porter Cable Dovetail Jig #4216 #3: My first project using the jig

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 02-14-2013 07:33 PM 4001 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was honored to be asked to create a box for my mother-in-law’s cremated remains as my first project using this jig. She passed away right before New Years and while we waited for the return of the remains, I was able to create the box using the jig.

Once again, the set up was easy. The joints were just tight enough to allow glue to swell the wood for an incredibly strong bond. This jig was a very helpful because I was under a tight schedule.

The wood is cherry and the inlaid cross was tulip poplar. The top a raised panel and is inset into a stop groove cut in the sides. Access to the inside was from the bottom. I used cherry plywood for the bottom and it was attached in a rabbet with screws.

I use a water-based finish from General Finishes and I was able to put on 4 coats quickly and follow up with 0000 steel wool and wax. The box had a very pretty, natural look and a wonderful ‘hand’ with the wax finish.

Her remains were buried next to her husband and infant son.

I hope Miss Joe would be proud. I will miss her. She was very generous to me and her gifts to me were mostly woodworking tools. She always said she didn’t know what to get me for Christmas and birthdays so I was a very helpful son-in-law by making some suggestions. I do believe that this jig was her gift to me for my birthday this summer.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 07:46 PM

Beautiful box, well executed and a wonderful story. I’m sure Mom-in-Law is proud of your gift of her final home. My condolences to the family for their loss.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 08:02 PM

Great looking box. I know the family will be proud of it

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#3 posted 02-15-2013 12:43 AM

Great box, glad to hear the jig worked so well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 02:39 AM

You did a great job on what I know was a very emotional project. And doing it with tools/jig she had given you makes it even more special! I too am blessed with a great mother in law (90 years young).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 08:31 AM

Wow this is amazing. You done an excellent job and you should be very proud as I am certain the family were very proud of it. Oddly enough I’ve been looking for an urn plan for my wife and I to be placed in together and the first time I sign on here after joining this morning I see your blog. VERY NICE INDEED!

-- EdwardNorton

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 02:09 AM

I need to make one for my adopted sister’s birth father, I know I’ve found the perfect plan now.

Joel in KY

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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