Double-Double Dovetail Jewelry Box

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Project by odie posted 11-21-2007 07:23 PM 18696 views 42 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been making this box design for about 12 years. A lot of you will recognize the tool used as the INCRA JIG for the double-double dovetail corners. The corners take about three days alone to finish. I fully assemble the box and then cut it open on the table saw. An 1/8 of an inch in the dovetail joint has to be added where the cut is to be made. The top floats in the sides like a raised panel for expansion. The dividers can be removed for cleaning, or rearanged sum what for convenience. There is a tray with dividers that are glued in place. The ladies like to pick up the tray by the dividers. The box has a 6 coat spayed on lacquer finish. The grain shows and it is not mirror like. This is the finish I prefer. I am very proud of the fact that INCRA has posted this box in their photo gallery on there site. The woods used are Mahogany, Peruvian Walnut, and Maple.

You can see more of my work at my site

PS…I have been asked by a few “how is it hinged?”... Answer = Bealle round hinges
Addition of approx. size…. 13” x 9” x 4”

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#1 posted 11-21-2007 07:29 PM

A very nice jewelry box indeed. I really like the double double dovetail and your choice of woods…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 11-21-2007 07:38 PM

That is very nice! Interesting design, great function, and careful attention to detail.

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#3 posted 11-21-2007 07:45 PM

WOW! Really nice. I collected boxes made in Germany, Poland, Czech, Pakistan, Indonesia, and India when I was stationed in Euorpe which are all awesome in their own right, but I never saw anything similar to this.

It’s time to start adding American made boxes to my collection!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#4 posted 11-21-2007 07:47 PM

Nice corner post dovetails! That joint is on my list of things to try with my Incra. Any gotcha’s to watch out for, or just pretty much follow the instructions and it will all come together? (Fingers crossed…)

I like the choice of woods, nice tight joinery, and craftsmanship throughout. Good work!

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#5 posted 11-21-2007 08:06 PM

gbvinc…watch out for everything…those joints bite back. If you have Perry’s book you will do just fine. Take your time. Sneek up on the cuts on the end (1/32 at a time). Glue both sufaces to be joined with a brush and let sit over night or you will be chasing pieces of your joint everywhere.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#6 posted 11-21-2007 08:31 PM

I like the contrast in woods. The joint makes for a neat effect.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 11-21-2007 08:45 PM

Looks like the dovetail on the left where the lid meets the box is out by about 1/128. You should pay more attention to detail.

I’m kidding, of course. The precision of everything about this box blows me away. Beautiful!

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

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#8 posted 11-21-2007 09:30 PM


-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 11-21-2007 09:34 PM

Wow, six coats of finish? I just dust it off and wipe somthin on most of the time. Very cool, love the Incra stuff.
Thanks for posting!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 11-21-2007 09:47 PM

Exquisite! There’s a word I rarely use! Equally beautiful inside and out.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#11 posted 11-21-2007 10:14 PM

I am a big fan of the IncraJig and the double-double option. Very nice work and excellent patience!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#12 posted 11-22-2007 03:28 AM

Thats a great looking box. The corners kinda imply an Aztec feel to it. Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 11-22-2007 04:12 AM

Had my Incra for eight years and never got up the gumption to try one of these. You have one exceptional nice box there, no wonder it’s in Incra’s gallery. Good show!
How did you hinge this?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 11-22-2007 04:58 AM

Excellent stuff Odie. I really like the design and the craftsmanship speaks for itself. Thanks for letting us see this beaut.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 11-22-2007 03:07 PM

As I have said before Odie,you do very nice work.I know how much time and patience these take.When they demo the Incra at woodworking shows, they make it look so simple and straight forward.But if people knew how long the learning curve really was, I doubt they would sell any. :-)

Its not too difficult to make joints with this jig,but to make double-double dovetails in contrasting woods is on a whole new level.These joints are its Achilles Heal.The idea is to draw attention primarily to the joint its self,but if the joint isnt absolutely perfect,you will see the flaws quite easily,and you have failed on the entire project,no matter how nice it may be otherwise.This tool is about as perfect as any tool can be and the book is very well written,but to make boxes like yours takes skill,desire,patience and a lot of determination!

And a lot of scrap wood.
Congratulations,you have tamed the Beast.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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