Walnut dovetailed box...ouch

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Project by bigfrankk posted 07-26-2017 02:27 AM 2001 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I was actually going to make it through a project without drawin blood, but had glue seize on assembly and hammered the heck out of my thumb!!

After a couple projects that took a bit longer, wanted a weekend project just for some fun. Made this last weekend and just got a finish on it. Used a board of walnut that had lots of knots and even more sapwood. It was good practice using a plane and avoiding tear out for sure.

I also nearly sawed off the back right pin. Filled it with a thin cut piece but its pretty obvious due to using dark wood to fill a mostly sap wood accidental cut. woops.

On the bright side, after making more boxes than i care to count over the past year or two, getting the hinges set is finally starting to get better. Getting nicely set hinges seems like one of those things nobody has too much trouble with but it is something that has been a headache for me to get right.

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#1 posted 07-26-2017 02:51 AM

Nice job and pretty wood. Love those skinny dovetails. Mortising hinges has always vexed me too but it looks like you’ve got it down…Jim, Stuart,FL.

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 12:42 PM

You did a very nice job on this box and the dovetails look great

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 07-26-2017 01:59 PM

Those are some wonderful dovetails and that black walnut is awesome.

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#4 posted 07-26-2017 07:04 PM

Re hinges, I have been working on a simple jig, for 3/4” hinges. Really just leaves depth of cut to figure out. I’m going to try Brusso hinges shortly. Nice work on the box, dovetails are excellent!

-- Petey

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