Handmade Box for my Router

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Project by SubVette posted 04-02-2020 02:23 PM 1334 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK so I am stuck home and I wanted to make a Dutch Tool Chest but I am still practicing cutting dovetails. So I had enough scrap laying around I figured I would practice. I really didn’t think it would come out good enough to use. I did not have a guide and I did not take pictures of me cutting them because I thought it was going to be a catastrophe. I would like to thank Paul Sellers for his tutorials, also Anne of All Trades and of course Chris Schwarz. I watched their videos several times and they were all extremely valuable in offering tips and tricks. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it. It took about a week to make and was very simple, I did use the table saw to cut the lid as i do not have hand planes to cut the tongue and groove – yet…This was the only time I used electric on the box. Stay safe everyone!

-- John in Florida

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#1 posted 04-02-2020 04:02 PM

I truly need to build something like yours for my router. I just might copy a few ideas from you.

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#2 posted 04-02-2020 07:37 PM

I like it all, Congrats on the hand tools use. All of your teachers would be proud of you.

Is that saw blade through both sides? Looked thick in the pic of making it, and looks slightly proud in the pics, but can’t really say if it is.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 04-02-2020 08:51 PM

yes it did, they were proud as well but the number 2 really made short order of it. The joints were tight however which i was happy about, i just have to be careful and mindful of the marking line.

-- John in Florida

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#4 posted 04-02-2020 09:00 PM

Brilliant job S’V’... great use of solid timber… I cheated, I laserred my box out of MDF.

Love the,
  • solid timber
  • inlay
  • steel capped boots

How did you “restrain” the router on the bottom of the box (visual light perimeter)?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 04-02-2020 09:05 PM

Thanks for the comments, I used rare earth magnets to hold everything in place, not sure how this will fit in the Dutch tool chest, guess i am going to have to make it slightly bigger.

-- John in Florida

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#6 posted 04-03-2020 02:29 AM

Great looking box and amazing work on the inlay.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 04-03-2020 05:16 AM

I can only hope my projects are as good as your practice piece. Nice job!

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#8 posted 04-03-2020 08:47 AM

Beautiful bog, for a wonderful tool.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 04-03-2020 10:19 AM

I am impressed. Nice box

-- Petey

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#10 posted 04-03-2020 02:37 PM

Nice job, you do great work.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#11 posted 04-04-2020 12:35 PM

Great job, some nice touches on that one

-- Richard, North Carolina,

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#12 posted 04-06-2020 12:04 AM

I put lipstick on a pig. The dovetails were not good enough for a gift or jewelry box but not to bad to trash either, so the router found a home. It certainly won’t fall apart. Lol

-- John in Florida

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