Double Dovetail Box

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Blog series by Don updated 02-07-2010 09:05 AM 6 parts 20804 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Milling the parts.

01-10-2010 08:42 AM by Don | 7 comments »

A1Jim suggested I post a blog to describe how I did the double dovetail Joint I used on my Spalted Mango Box so here it goes. I hope people find this helpful and if you have questions please post them and I’ll do my best to answer them. I also greatly appreciate feedback on anything. I was going to show how to make the joint using some scrap wood but since it’s just as much work as using good wood so I decided I may as well use good wood and build a whole box. I’ll be pre...

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Part 2: Cutting the first set of dovetails

01-11-2010 07:26 AM by Don | 2 comments »

I’m not planning on going into all the gory details about how to cut the dovetails, that would be a lengthy blog by itself and it’s highly dependant on your choice of jigs or hand tools. I use a Porter Cable Omnijig but I’m sure any jig capable of making a half blind dovetail will suffice. If there’s enough requests then I may do another blog on that or could go into more detail on this one. Step 1: Clean up the glue from the boards that you glued the corner pieces ...

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Part 3: Attaching the Corners

01-24-2010 08:47 PM by Don | 1 comment »

Well I’m back from California. I enjoyed the trip but it was raining more there than it does in Seattle this time of year so I’m really glad to be back home where I can work in my shop on rainy weekends. Next step is to cut the corner pieces off of the scraps that they were glued to. Since they are small pieces I used a miter sled on my table saw and let them fall off. These is the other reason I made them a little wide when I cut them, so that there is room to cut them off wit...

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Part 4: Cutting The Remaining Dovetails

01-26-2010 03:23 PM by Don | 4 comments »

I didn’t quite get the box assembled on Sunday but I was close. Next step after gluing the corners is to cut the remaining half blind dovetail joints. I thought I was going to have to do a second setup on my jig to cut these like I had to on my Spalted Mango Box but I didn’t. On this box I’m reversing the joints end for end rather than doing a mirror image. Half blind dovetails are actually always reversed end for end like this when cut on an Omnijig and probobly on most ...

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Part 5: Assembling the box and Starting the top

02-01-2010 07:52 AM by Don | 4 comments »

Everything about the double dovetail joint is complete. I hope it was cear enough for folks to make their own. Feel free to bug me with questions if you didn’t follow. In summary, it’s just a bunch of half blind joints using a corner piece with the grain perpendicular to the sides. From here on out it’s just another box but I’ll continue to post shots as I go. Yesterday I lightly sanded the shellac that I previously applied to the inside surfaces of all pieces. Then...

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Part 6: The End

02-07-2010 09:05 AM by Don | 5 comments »

The box is almost done. First thing I did today was cut the top to fit. I inititially cut it the same size as the box but decided to cut it a bit smaller so that the corners would show through which I thought gave it a nicer look. I also rabbited the under side of the top a bit to hold it in place. I generallly like lift off lids better than hinged lids for a couple of reasons: I think the metal of a hinge can distract from the beauty of the wood, and I’m too lazy to go buy the hinges. ...

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