Paper Recycling Bin

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Project by Devin posted 10-20-2008 01:41 AM 2434 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try out my new Leigh D4R Jig and decided to make a small recycling bin for under my desk. There’s definitely some learning to do before you use the jig, but in the end it made short work of these dovetails. I just threw some scrap pine together and I think the way the dovetails turned out speaks volumes for the jig. For some reason I was trying to make the pins and tails similar in size, next time I’ll experiment with the variable sized pins/tails that the D4R allows.
Bottom line, this box looks much nicer than the old cardboard box I used for years.

Thanks for looking, D

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#1 posted 10-20-2008 01:59 AM

The box looks great. I have been tring to make dovetails without a jig, no luck yet I guess I will have to buy a jig. Thanks for the posting.

-- Paul Wylie, Rogers, AR

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#2 posted 10-20-2008 02:05 AM

That looks great: who says that scrap can not be made into something? Nice work with the dovetails!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 10-20-2008 02:21 AM

it looks great, showed my wife and now she wants one like that, but smaller for the incomming mail. but i dont have a jig( yet)

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#4 posted 10-20-2008 05:47 AM

very nice…MUCH better then paper box!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 10-20-2008 06:35 AM

Lovely! Makes me want to try something like this.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 10-20-2008 08:27 PM

Sure puts my torn/tattered Smirnoff vodka cardton to shame! Looks like that Leigh jig works well.

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#7 posted 01-25-2009 05:36 PM

Devin, nice start on your new Leigh D4R Jig. You’ve taken your work to the next level.
How about an update about your expierences using your Leigh? I am very interested in
hearing about how difficult it is to learn to use for the first time and your thoughts into
incorporating this jointery into new project designs.

Have fun with your router.

-- The wood is good.

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#8 posted 02-01-2009 08:29 PM

Hey there TheHarr, thanks for the comments. Sadly I’ve only had a couple opportunities to use the D4R since I made this box. It is still an incredibly accurate jig. As for difficulty in using, I probably spent about 2 hours reading the instructions and fiddling with it the first time I used it. I’ve since purchased the vacuum attachment and that actually helps a lot with the chips. If you use it regularly the setup will become second nature, I still have to go back to the book because it’s months between each time I use it. I have never cut dovetails by hand, so with this jig I feel completely comfortable making full or half blind dovetails a part of anything I make.
thanks for looking!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 04:57 AM

Nice box!! As time goes on, you’ll learn to love that jig!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 02:12 AM

Wow! Really nice work! I hope you use the jig a lot, and show us more of your work!

Keep it coming!


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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