Handcut dovetail tray#3: American elm, mulberry, and applewood

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Project by Julian posted 04-21-2009 08:03 PM 2711 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since recently getting accustomed to handcut dovetail, I have been building quite a few of these trays as gifts for friends and family. For this one I decided to play around with the size of the tails. The sides are elm, and mulberry, and the bottom panel is applewood. This piece was finished with BLO and my home made beeswax polish.

All of the wood used in the box was milled and kiln dried by yours truly. There is something so satisfying to me to work with wood from the beginning of cutting it down to milling/drying it, to finishing a project with it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 09:06 PM

A very nive box and the dove tails look good also I enjoy your selection of woods

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 09:08 PM

...sorry can’t seem to spell today. A very NICE TRAY! Well done!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 09:41 PM

Great job…nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 10:29 PM

Julian -

Very nice work! I like the grain selection.



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#5 posted 04-22-2009 01:42 AM

Nice tray.

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 04:16 AM

Very nice!

-- Scott

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 07:01 AM

Hey Juilan
Nice work , great job on the dovetails and trays.

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 09:38 PM


I’ve been thinking of making a tool caddy/ tool box similar to this. Mostly to teach my self how to do the dovetails.

I might try to find some shop time this weekend now.

-- "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe." -- Jango Fett

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 12:12 AM

that applewood is gorgeous

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