Tall Dovetail Box with Beading

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Project by MrWolfe posted 06-20-2019 12:54 AM 364 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is number four in my handcut dovetail box series. It is poplar, which I actually am finding really easy to work with, with oak beads cut with my Stanley 45, and cedar for the bottom and the lid. And an oak “pull” on top along with a pine friction fit piece for the inside of the lid. I really like the poplar and it had some striations/variegations in color in the boards… from a dark green to light, almost white tone. I actually liked the coloration. I just finished it with poly and then Johnson’s Paste Wax and I am very surprised at how the tones in the wood changed from green to more browns and earth tones. I still like it. Poplar is very “clear” and straight grain and very easy to work with and I will continue to use it while I start making boxes for planes and chisels.

I feel like the dovetails are leaps and bounds better than the first couple of boxes I made a few weeks ago. I think the wood, learning to sharpen my chisels, getting used to the process and experience is making them better.
thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 02:26 AM

Another interesting box. Can’t say your work is just like…...XYZ’s

Are all these new? You been on a box mission.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 02:38 AM

Thanks SteveN,
Yeah.. I think you’ve been along for the whole ride on my box mission. Its all from the last 6 weeks or so. Made the Moxon, the shooting boards, the mallet and started cranking the boxes out. I’m getting faster but it still takes longer than I’d like to make them. I was making one a week, then two. Now I am making them two at a time, the next two will be little chisel boxes with fingerjoints and hardware. That will be different for me. Just waiting on the hardware from amazon and ebay.

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#3 posted 06-20-2019 08:13 AM

Very well made dovetails!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-20-2019 01:43 PM

Thank you Majuvla,
I get better and better with each box I build. The first two I made were kind of rough.
Practice, practice, practice.

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