Mama's yarn box

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Project by phiflint posted 11-10-2012 11:36 PM 4559 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mom wanted me to make her a yarn box ( This is what I came up with. It’s 100% maple. This is my first project using dovetails. I cut them by hand so there are a fair amount of gaps. For a first dovetail project, I don’t think it turned out too bad though. From across the room, it looks great. Attaching the hinges actually was a bit of a challenge. I had to use a #4 brass screw which are fairly delicate. I pre-drilled the holes but I still ended up bending one & broke another off in its hole (that sucked). Anyway, I ended up buying steel screws & coating them in wax. I drove them in & backed them out. Then I coated the brass screws in wax & drove them in by hand. It was a little extra work but it worked like a dream.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 12:34 AM

Sweet & lovely project.

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 01:04 AM

Well you made a few mistakes, learned some new techniques, and in the process made a great looking yarn box AND made mom happy. What more could a guy ask for?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 02:15 AM

Great job. Always good to make something for mom.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 02:44 AM

looks good, nice job.

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 04:50 AM

The first one of these I have seen.. Looks Nice.

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 06:32 AM

Very ellegant box.Totaly cool top with this curved cut off.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 11-11-2012 09:04 PM

I like the top swirl a lot. Also, the dovetailing style is interesting… one half-blind edge on every side looks neat.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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