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Project by MrWolfe posted 07-15-2020 11:42 PM 573 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Inlaid” Dovetail Box

Box number 29 in my recent box series.

This box was commissioned by my same friend that commissioned the Fireman’s Commemorative Box. It is made of reclaimed walnut along with ash and some mesquite inlays and splines. The inset ingot on the lid is a maple burl. The lid stop is oak.

I used a table saw, jointer and planer to mill the wood and to cut the angles and dimensions. A router was used to cut the coves in the lid and base.
The inlays on the ash lid are made from strips of walnut and mesquite. There are similar walnut inlays in the ash base too. I used bamboo dowels to reinforce the joint for the shallow pocket the body of the box sits in.

The body is reclaimed walnut with handcut dovetails and include ash inlays around them in the style developed by Tage Frid.

This box design very much rhymes with the first box commissioned by my friend for his father.

I was inspired by Brian John’s ingenious lid stop for the 105 degree cant for the open lid. I used ¾ inch dowel that accommodates the similar sized cove cut into the rails and stiles of the lid.

Dimensions are as follows…
Outside dimensions of the Inlaid Dovetail Box are 6 ¾ inches wide and 9 ¼ inches long. The box is about 3 ¼ inches deep and with the lid and base it is about 5 inches tall. My friend gave the first box to his mother and asked me to build this one. There will be Kaizen ™ foam insert cut to hold a LC9. There is a shallow 2 inch deep two compartment tray with box joints that sits above the bottom compartment.

The finish is three coats of Tung oil. Then a mixture of oil based polyurethane and mineral spirits. That was followed by buffing out the finish with crumpled brown paper. I used Trewax brand paste wax for the matte sheen that it can be buffed out to reveal.

Comments and criticisms are welcome.
Jon





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Eric

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#1 posted 07-16-2020 01:20 AM

Nice work. Beautiful finish with the different details.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-16-2020 02:59 AM

That’s a handsome box, Jon.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#3 posted 07-16-2020 09:38 AM

Super work, Jon. I know there was alot of planning and execution that went into this one. The Tage Frid Dt´s are the prettiest joint there is, hand-cut, no less. Hat´s off to those!

Do you make the walnut dowels? Or buy them?

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 07-16-2020 12:07 PM

Good morning Everyone,
Thank you for the kind words Eric.

You too Dave!
“Handsome” was the only direction my friend gave me. Well that and “dovetails”. I am very happy with how the last two boxes I’ve made have turned out.

Thanks Brian,
I had fun with this one. The dowels were cut with a plug cutter and if you look closely you can see the charred surface on the outside of them. I almost slowed down the speed on the drill press and cut them again but I thought it might look cool like a little black ring around the dowels. I think it turned out well. Another happy accident.

Reclaiming the dark wood that I am calling walnut was a huge surprise. I almost tossed out the old cabinet that it came from. There was a layer of paint that totally obscured the wood surface. Honestly though, I am not sure it is walnut but I don’t know what else it could be. It is much softer than any walnut I’ve used before but it is very pretty.

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-16-2020 02:05 PM

pure elegance,the combo of woods and design is just beautiful.i love the look of those double dovetails really makes the look shine.excellent craftsmanship jon.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 07-16-2020 04:29 PM

WOW Jon. Super box, it has it all, feet, interior, and fancy schmansy dovetails with the little echo lines. The rounding them over actually defines them more that if they were sharp edged, nice on that.

You knocked this one out of the park buddy. Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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JHawkFan

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#7 posted 07-16-2020 06:33 PM

You Sir make some amazing boxes. This is another great looking box you have done. I really am impressed by the work you do, Thanks for sharing with us.

-- ‎"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 07-16-2020 09:51 PM

I saw a rectangle and thought you had regressed into my world, but no! Plenty of goodies to claim the signature Jon style!

The layering everywhere looks great and hand working those DTs is real dedication.

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MrWolfe

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#9 posted 07-16-2020 10:31 PM

Thanks Everyone!

Pottz that means a lot coming from you. Thanks!

SteveN,
You made me really appreciate feet and my boxes would be incomplete without them.
And I love dovetails. Thanks Bud.

JHawkFan,
Thank you for the fine compliment.
I do enjoy making boxes. Maybe someday I’ll make some furniture but I could make boxes for a lifetime.

Bruce,
Thanks for the comments. These last three have been commissions and are a little different for me but I have found a nice way to soften them and venture into shape a little. The dovetails are fun to make and I really like the contrast it brings to the box.
Thanks

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pottz

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#10 posted 07-16-2020 10:33 PM

Yep, You made me really appreciate feet. And I love dovetails.
i thought you were a leg guy? ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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MrWolfe

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#11 posted 07-16-2020 10:34 PM

And other things.
You remember the Artemis Art Box.
>=)
Jon

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pottz

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#12 posted 07-16-2020 10:37 PM



And other things.
You remember the Artemis Art Box.
>=)
Jon

- MrWolfe


ahhhhh i forgot about that-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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leafherder

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#13 posted 07-16-2020 11:11 PM

Another great box – very traditional – I would say Classical. All the great artists had a firm grasp of the Classical traditions before they started adding their own flourishes. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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MrWolfe

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#14 posted 07-17-2020 02:08 PM

Thank you Leafherder,
I appreciate your kind words.
Jon

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