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Cherry box (birthday gift for granddaughter)

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 10-15-2021 05:06 PM 703 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Small box made of cherry. Handcut dovetails. Carved handle. Tung oil. Shellac. The box is not glued to the frame; it just sits on a little spline that runs around the interior of the frame. The lid is a little thicker than the sides of the box. I cut a rabbet around the edge so that it sits about 1/8” into the box. I’m hopin g that after some time the lid and base will darken like the box, itself.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA





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MichaelT77

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#1 posted 10-15-2021 05:34 PM

Sneaking in a few more pictures

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#2 posted 10-15-2021 06:12 PM

I really like everything about this box- but especially like the details on the base. The hand cut dovetails are a nice touch.

When you assemble the base do you glue & clamp the miters together or are you putting a pin in each corner to hold them in place for the glue to dry?
I have messed around with different methods for the base assemble in my boxes – still not 100% positive when I go to put them together. But the base adds such a nice touch to handmade boxes.

My family has been to your city many times, very nice.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 10-15-2021 06:26 PM

Can’t figure out how to delete a comment that I made a mistake in, so I rewrote it below.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#4 posted 10-15-2021 06:28 PM

Bill, no pins (maybe because I didn’t think of that). I don’t have a lot of experience with miters, but I managed a miter at the top of the dovetailed corners. That was the biggest challenge. I did a few test cuts for the base. When I was sure the angles were right, I laid out all the pieces in a line with painters tape under what would become the corners, and then rolled it up into a rectangle with an extra piece of tape to hold it closed. This is so small and lightweight, the tape provided all the clamping I needed.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#5 posted 10-15-2021 07:35 PM

Lovely box really looks great.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 10-15-2021 09:47 PM

The dovetails look tight! Very nice box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 10-15-2021 10:23 PM

Mike;

Thanks for the response…the miter on top of the dovetails- another awesome detail.

Also, thanks for the explanation of how you put the base together. I am likely going to “borrow” your style/method with one of my next box projects.

Bill

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#8 posted 10-15-2021 11:16 PM

Waiting for the glue to dry. The tape is enough of a clamp, and the box provides an equalizing outward force to make sure the frame maintains its rectangular shape.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#9 posted 10-16-2021 02:32 AM

Nice work. That should color up nicely with a little time and even faster with some sunlight.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 10-16-2021 11:21 AM

Nice box. Really well done!

-- Petey

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#11 posted 10-17-2021 01:20 PM

OK – great hand cut dovetails and even greater miter detail

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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