cat coffin

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Project by bake posted 02-04-2010 07:58 AM 4919 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was installing the lid on this my 10 year old boy asked “what are ya makin’ dad, a cat coffin?”

This is my first attempt at dovetails. A friend gave me an old Craftsman dovetail jig that he had bought 20+ years ago and never used. He had not even cut the tape on the box. I made one test cut in some scrap and it turned out ok so I went to town.

I added the Walnut base to hide the void in the dovetail caused by the dado for the bottom.

All of the lumber is salvaged from a cabinet shop near my work.

The walnut was a strip about 10’ x 1 1/2” x 1”. The lid is 6 pieces glued up.

I’m not sure what the other wood is, alder or birch maybe.

Finish is 3 coats of Minwax gloss wipe on poly .

Approx. 13”x8”x6”

Total cost; $4.05 (hinges).

Tools used; router, dovetail jig, band saw, table saw, drillpress, planer, jointer, hand saw, cordless drill, spindle sander, orbital sander, chisel and hammer.

Thanks for looking, Bake.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 08:04 AM

I think it’s so cool when you can make something so nice for SO CHEAP! Recently someone through away a sofa outside my apartment – of course as a wood worker I know sofas usually have oak or some hardwood in it – it did, and I ripped it apart and got a lot of nice oaks boards out of it – just needs to be planed down – Now i have to figure out what i want to make out of it – Really nice “cat coffin” Looks really good!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 08:10 AM

Good work and salvaged materials as well.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 08:15 AM

Fantastic box. Love the use of scrap materials. Lots of nice wood there. Great joints and design.

I recently had a dresser given to me. 1950’s era. Top, Ends and all drawer fronts, all 3/4 thick maple. Great source for free wood.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 08:42 AM

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 08:52 AM

Nice box ready for the cat :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 09:17 AM

Very nice box, neat and clean dovetail.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 09:42 AM

Now thats a green job good work


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#8 posted 02-04-2010 10:45 AM

whew i thought there was gonna be a sad kitty story, thats a relief lol

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 01:07 PM

My wife just got a new black car I need two of those :-)

-- Jeff,

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 04:37 PM

Cabinet shops are also a good source of sandpaper. One near my route had a large surface sander (32”?) and when they threw out their belts, I would take them, rip off the edges which were almost totally unused and I had free sandpaper. They went belly up but I still have a couple of the belts to cut up.
Good save!

-- jstegall

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 09:42 PM

great looking project…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 10:07 PM

That’s hilarious!

Nice work.

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 04:31 AM

nice box maby a guinipig coffin too small for a grown cat…well maybe

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#14 posted 02-05-2010 11:28 PM

Cat coffins need to have good strong latches and hindges so the darn things can’t push their way out.

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