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Walnut & Tiger Maple Dovetail Box

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Project by Fiver posted 01-21-2020 08:43 PM 524 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project holds a special place for me as it was the first time I’d ever used the Port Cable dovetail jig (or worked with dovetails at all for that matter) and the finished product was a request from my dad.

The sides and bottom are Walnut, the front and back are Tiger Maple, and the top is a mix of the two. Dimensions are 11” long x 7” wide x 6” high. Sealed with a pretty thin homemade de-waxed shellac and finished with Walrus Furniture Oil. Then added a light bit of paste wax and buffed it out.

My dad loves it. He is not a woodworker but he is a great man and it was a real honor to be able to give this to him.

-- Matt - Colorado





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BenMac

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 09:41 PM

Beautiful, love the color blend.

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 09:42 PM

Classic combo. Great wood, great contrast. Kudos on the dovetails!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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Rich

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 10:11 PM

Nice, clean lines. You really brought out the figure in that maple. Too bad walruses had to die to achieve it though. (j/k – making fun of their slogan)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 10:15 PM

How was the PC jig to use? I’ve had one for years that I’ve never used. Did you do a lot of practicing on scrap first. The fit of the dovetails looks great. Nice job!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 03:26 AM

Beautiful project and the dovetail work is some of the best I’ve seen. The grain on the wood with your finish really pops out. Which dovetail jig did you use. I have been looking at getting one for quite a while and this just might be the one. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-22-2020 04:06 AM

Very nice wood color contrasts, very nice work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-22-2020 05:22 AM

Buddy, t5hat is a really box. Love the joints and wood combo.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Fiver

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#8 posted 01-22-2020 03:20 PM

Thanks for the awesome feedback, everyone!

@ Andybb: Once it was setup and dialed-in it was a breeze to use. If you don’t mind me asking…you’ve had one these jigs for years and haven’t used it at all? Just haven’t had occasion to use it or didn’t want to or something else? Honestly if I could do it I assure you anyone can.

I did some practicing…but more than anything I watched tutorial videos. Woodworker’s Guild of America has a 3 part series of videos on how to setup and use the jig for through dove tails and it was extremely helpful. Understanding depth of cut and how to determine that, how to position the boards, etc etc was really helpful for me.

@ Mel: I used the Porter Cable jig. I believe it’s the 4212? It’s the main one they make.

Thanks again, all. You guys rock!

-- Matt - Colorado

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Andybb

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#9 posted 01-22-2020 06:39 PM

No excuse really. I’ve been using box joints, spline miters and lock miters, Actually you got me motivated. I bookmarked a bunch of YouTube vids to watch and plan on pulling it out today and giving it a try.

Are those through dovetails? I think I have the 4210 that only does 1/2 blind? Not sure but I’m going to figure it out.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Fiver

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#10 posted 01-22-2020 06:55 PM



No excuse really. I’ve been using box joints, spline miters and lock miters, Actually you got me motivated. I bookmarked a bunch of YouTube vids to watch and plan on pulling it out today and giving it a try.

Are those through dovetails? I think I have the 4210 that only does 1/2 blind? Not sure but I’m going to figure it out.

- Andybb

Cool! Happy to provide some indirect motivation. Yes, mine are through dovetails. I haven’t tried 1/2 blinds yet.

I just checked and I actually own the video download from Woodworker’s Guild that covers all of this. It’s almost 80 minutes long and a couple of gigs in size but it covers everything from setup to fully assembling a box (both 1/2 blind and through). If you find that what you bookmarked doesn’t cover your needs shoot me a message and I’ll add it dropbox and send you a download link.

-- Matt - Colorado

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LittleCobra

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#11 posted 01-27-2020 12:34 AM

Nicely done, sharp project.

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