Marking Gauge Dovetail Practise Box

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Project by WoodWheeler posted 04-02-2018 11:32 AM 2337 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

Nothing too special. I am still trying to get proficient at hand cutting dovetails so make opportunities to keep cutting them. This box was more dovetail practise – I just decided I may as well build a box while I was at it to hold my marking gauges – there is a spot reserved in the middle for a Veritas micro adjust that is on its way :). So no embelishments – just got in as much hand tool practise as I could along the way. Blackwood and Tassie Oak.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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#1 posted 04-02-2018 12:08 PM

Nice looking project! Good project for hand tool practice and use of the final product.

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 01:31 PM

Really like this box, Dom. Great design, nice execution.

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 02:06 PM

looks professional

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 04-02-2018 03:48 PM

That’s a very nice looking box. The contrast in the wood and your attention to detail makes for a beautiful box. Your skill as a woodworker is excellent. Thanks for sharing

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#5 posted 04-02-2018 04:55 PM

Looks great to me.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-02-2018 06:09 PM

Really beautiful and precise dovetails. I agree with Joe about your choice of woods. Very nicely done.

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#7 posted 04-02-2018 07:00 PM

Beautiful dovetails and awesome design on the box. I am so “borrowing” the lid design portion. I can’t cut a clean dovetail to save my life so that is the only thing I am “borrowing”. Thanks for sharing. Great woodworking skill shown in that piece.

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#8 posted 04-02-2018 07:58 PM

This is a very nice practice box. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-02-2018 09:17 PM

Very nice, impressive details on this box!

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#10 posted 04-02-2018 09:28 PM

Man, thats a good looking box. Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Luke,

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#11 posted 04-03-2018 12:05 AM

Very nice! Well done!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 04-03-2018 02:13 AM

Those are some schweet dovetails!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#13 posted 04-03-2018 03:42 AM

My marking gauges are jealous. Very nice box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 04-03-2018 05:04 AM

Dom, I like the idea of making something useful instead of just making scraps. Good job on the dovetails and a very nice choice of woods. I should think you will smile a bit every time you reach for your marking gauge. Making nice things to use in the shop will do that and helps you take pride in what you do. Nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 04-03-2018 08:22 AM

Thanks guys, the positive comments are very much appreciated. I think that making a box is very much a better way to practice dovetails than just making a heap of corners as I started off doing! The down-side is you cut less dovetails for a given amount of time, but the upside is you get something you are proud to keep at the end and get to develop some other techniques.

Happy woodworking!

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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