Simple box in school colors.

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 02-28-2008 02:56 AM 1474 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was giving some recipes to some of her teacher colleagues and I decided to build a box for them in school colors. I posted this project more as an official line in the sand than anything else. THIS WILL BE THE LAST DOVETAILS I EVER CUT ON MY ROCKLER JIG! I am going to learn to hand cut them from now on. I just don’t make that many dovetails that jig will speed it up. Granted I made 5 of these so the production time total was probably faster, but the number of test cuts and set up time on this made me not enjoy this project. I had more fun scrolling out the alligators than anything else.

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 03:10 AM

Good job on the box. Iam sure the teachers will love em.

-- Billp

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 03:40 AM

Good looking lttle box, I gave up on dovetail jigs after a very short while. I find cutting them by hand to be more rewarding, Unfortunatly I’m still learning and practicing in order to master the beautiful joint that it is. Good work.

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 05:12 AM

Very nice box. Good job on the alligator. It adds an interesting touch to the piece.

That is a nice looking candle centerpiece in the background as well. I assume we will see it posted shortly.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 06:37 AM

Don’t give up on the dovetails, just find a different jig. I personally like the Woodline system. Several templates to choose from. Check out my little tool cabinet. I made it with ease using that jig. But, anyway. Nice little alligator boxes. (I’m a box nut) I like box joints that are rounded over. But the hand cut dovetails are a test of skill and patience. Good luck with them. If you have time, hand cut one corner a day until you master the technique. Good Job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 08:21 AM

Good looking box. I agree with Bradford – try a different jib – I have the Keller Dovetail jig and once you get it set up once, that’s it. You just cut dovetails with it from then on and they come out perfect – no fuss involved.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 08:49 AM

Nice box Shannon, I am sure whatever dovetail system you use the boxes will come out looking reaaaaal goood.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 04:09 PM

Good job on the boxes. I want to master hand cutting dovetails, too.

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 04:43 PM

Beautiful box- There is no such thing as a simple box!

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