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Hand Dovetail Box

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Project by Andrew Friesen posted 01-25-2009 07:54 AM 3690 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first real project as a joiner. This box was joined using hand-cut dovetails. It is made from Honduran Mahogany and Eastern Soft Maple. The cross inlay is Birch and is also hand-cut. It was finsihed with danish oil. I really enjoyed the handwork. I hope to do a lot more stuff like this in the future.

-- -Andrew





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 08:04 AM

Some of the finest handcut dovetails I’ve ever seen ! The whole box is great : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Andrew Friesen

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 08:06 AM

It’s less impressive when you know it took me the better part of four days to complete them all.

-- -Andrew

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 08:12 AM

Hi Andrew;

Ah, Rome wasn’t built in a day either!

Nice job, which is what really counts.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 11:09 AM

That’s really sharp. Was this your first attempt at doing dovetail joints by hand? It looks great!

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rikkor

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#5 posted 01-25-2009 12:26 PM

Four days is nothing with this as an end product. You really did a fine job on it.

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ellen35

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#6 posted 01-25-2009 02:02 PM

and you could go out and by a crappy box with crappy dove tails in an hour or 2…but it would not be yours and it would not be as nice and instill as much pride! be patient!!!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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woodworm

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#7 posted 01-25-2009 03:44 PM

Very nice box with clean handcut dovetail joints.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-25-2009 03:50 PM

Great Lookin Dovetails nice Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-25-2009 03:55 PM

well done. bring us more

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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hokieman

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#10 posted 01-25-2009 04:01 PM

Excellent job, and not just for a first attempt! Really are excellent dovetails. Way to go!

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#11 posted 01-25-2009 04:29 PM

Very impressive! I can’t get dovetails to fit that well with a router jig.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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brianinpa

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#12 posted 01-25-2009 04:48 PM

Looks great to me no matter how long it took. Nice tight joints!

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

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Woodhacker

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#13 posted 01-25-2009 07:26 PM

Andrew, this looks great. I like the design and your execution. I agree handcut joinery is fun and very satisfying. Keep up the good work. And be careful…or you’re going to get addicted to it :)

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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