Dovetailed Chisel Tray

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Project by bit101 posted 04-20-2014 12:13 AM 3552 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I signed up for Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Master Class this week. At $15 a month, I’ve already got my money’s worth. I love Paul’s teaching style. Decided to start with the Dovetail Box project, the first one of which is a chisel tray. My first time hand-cutting dovetails. OK, my first time creating dovetails by any method.

Totally goofed cutting the first set of pins. Cut on the wrong side of the line, making a way-too-big space. So had to restart and recut some pieces. The next four pin cuts were increasingly successful and the last one wasn’t half bad.

I did use the table saw to mill some of the rough stock, but beyond that, it was all hand tools. I’m becoming darned comfortable with that second refurbished Stanley No. 4. I absolutely love using it.

So not a museum quality piece, but it will proudly hold my chisels for years to come.

Oh, I also need to finish it with something. What’s good for pine?

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Scott R. Turner

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 02:23 AM

Nice. I like that style of one big tail. Not suitable for everything obviously, but good for a box sized like that.

Shellac is a fine all-purpose finish for pine.

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 12:29 PM

Very nice. I’m guessing the box will probably outlast you.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 07:30 PM

Rich, you’re probably right, though I’m not sure how I feel about that. :)

Scott, yeah, shellac seems to be a good idea. Picked some up today.

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