Hand-Cut Dovetail Box

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Project by James Henderson posted 12-31-2008 08:48 PM 3437 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am taking a Joinery class. This is a the first project. All hand chiseled dovetails. Side of the box are made of solid African Mahogany and the Top and Bottom are made of solid Black Walnut. Hinges have been mortised into the box.

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 10:30 PM

I’ll be the second!!

Absolutely Gorgeous!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 01:17 AM

Very nice box! Family hierloom worthy.

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 01:28 AM

Boxes with dovetails always look pppretty.

Great first but now we have high expectations. ;o)

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 01:58 AM

Very classy…. you should be proud!

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 04:22 PM

James, you’ve done a great job. For your first project your dovetails look very clean and consistent. Be careful…dovetail boxes can get pretty addictive.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-03-2009 06:47 PM

Really nice looking box. Timeless design. Great joinery too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 05:22 AM

Not bad… I guess.

-- -Andrew

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#8 posted 02-13-2009 08:23 PM

Great looking box. My grizzly planer gets delivered on monday, and I have a box of old motorcylce pallet parts from the 70’s that are solid mahogony. My father gave them to me, and I plan on making him a similar box as a thank you. Might I ask how you finished the box? Also, how did you attach the base to the bottom of the box? I always have troub with this…

-- Jason

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