Paul Seller's Keepsake Box

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Project by JDavid posted 12-30-2018 10:53 PM 891 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was particularly challenging. Rendered in cherry, it requires the dovetails to be cut on a 17 degree arc, and afterward to hand-plane a 10 5/8 radius on each of the four sides. Once the box is assembled, I used a carcass saw to separate the top from the bottom. It took a number of tries to get the dovetails right, and after I had developed a bit of confidence in the technique, I ruined one of the sides while cutting the dado for the top and bottom panels using my plow plane. I had to start all over. In the end, however, it turned out well.

Finished in four coats of a one-pound cut of de-waxed shellac. Then waxed.

Thanks for looking.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 10:16 AM

Way to stick with it. The end result looks good.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 12-31-2018 12:25 PM

Nice job and so satisfying using hand tools. Looks great !

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#3 posted 12-31-2018 01:12 PM

Very complex, yet very clean looking. It’s beautiful. Wish I had the talent, tools and know-how to work with hand tools like that. I would imagine makes a project that much more meaningful. Nice work!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 03:24 AM

Thanks for the kind words, fellas.

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