Dovetail Boxes

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 07-13-2011 04:53 AM 7819 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being motivated by many LJs I decided to try my attempt at doing a double double dovetail box. Several attempts later and with some sage advise from LJ Odie, I was able to come up with a couple acceptable attempts. The box on the right is a double dovetail box. I had made one once before and thought I would start with that. The one on the left is the double-double dovetail. Actually my third attempt. But I think I finally got the hang of it.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 05:16 AM

very cool…. looks like you nailed it.

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#2 posted 07-13-2011 05:28 AM


Those turned out very nice. Great job. I wonder if you could do the same think with finger or box joints?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 05:44 AM

Very good looking – now you have got me movated and that is saying somethiong in the Texas heat. Did you use the jig to help you make these of figure out a different way.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 05:44 AM

They look great, John. Incra jig, or some other method? I love these types of joints… someday I wanna see a quadruple-double dovetail, or something like that.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 05:56 AM

bvdon- Thanks!

Hi Max – These were a little frustrating at first at least for me. I have seen similar things done with finger or box joints. I might give that a try next.

Thanks Jerrells and bobasaurus – I used an Incra jig. quadruple-double dovetail what a concept!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 05:58 AM

Great job they look very unique.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 06:06 AM

Thanks Tom. I checked out your projects and was awed by your work. I just got me a lathe at a garage sale last weekend so now I need to learn how to use it. Hope to get half as good as you.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 07:41 AM

You did a great job.

I have looked at “double dovetails” and “double double dovetails” and never had the courage to attemp them.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 10:26 AM

Great job these are amazing! I take it your using the Incra system? I have though of buying it for some time.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 03:13 PM

Looks really super! Great job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Dr[email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 04:47 PM

John these are beautiful. I would love to be able to make something that nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-13-2011 04:47 PM

That is so cool. I dig the racing stripes. Both the dovetail and stripes made did it for me. Excellent job.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 05:27 PM

Great job on these! The simple, elegant design of the box is a nice foil for the more complicated joinery.
Really like them!

-- Patrice, Northern California

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#14 posted 07-13-2011 06:29 PM

very nice… i will have to try it some day.

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#15 posted 07-13-2011 08:56 PM

They look outstanding; you did a super job. What kind of wood did you use for the light color contrast?
I made some “weird” joints with the Leigh jig and template which is capable of making the “double” or shadow effect, but I haven’t worked up the confidence to try it yet. Yours really look great!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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