First inlaid dove tail box.

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Project by jetwhoop posted 12-31-2012 02:58 PM 2121 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at this, I should have practice in scrap since I made a lot of mistakes and it took me a couple hrs to do, but the wood was mostly left over scraps from other projects. Curly maple, walnut base and left over 5/16th Santos Mahogany from a flooring project. U used a router, but ended up having to do way too much work by hand because I didn’t set it up right as you can see I didn’t even leave a strip of maple on the back side of the cut, but for a first try it’s a learning experience and came out ok. I’m still new to wood working. I know this isn’t really a great design, but mostly working with scraps because I don’t want to ruin good wood. So I’m a bit limited with size.

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 04:57 PM

Very nice work,beautiful box with super details.

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 05:42 PM

I am very much a novice to woodworking. I recently started dovetails and box joints. I am very curious as to how to made the inlaid dovetails on this. It looks very neat!

-- -Much Appreciated

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 04:03 AM

Thanks for the complement.

Shalmond as far as inlaid dovetails there are some really good tutorials out there. For hand cutting this guy knows what he’s doing
As for me this is my first dovetail. I got a Porter-Cable 4212 . It seemed like a pretty good jig and I got it for less than $100. Most my wood working tools are older craigslist stuff. I think I should go back and do it by hand from the start.

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 02:25 PM

I give you a great big “Hooray” for trying this! I also have a Porter-Cable 4212 and even purchased an extra miniature set of templates for it and have enough trouble getting the joints just right on some of my projects. I don’t know if I would ever have enough confidence to try inlaids dovetails with my jig. I make plenty of boxes in my shop and one with these inlaid dovetailed boxes would be really cool to master but I’ll have to work up the nerve first.

Well done my friend!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 03:32 AM

Thank you very much for the advice. I have not got a jig of any sort and tried my hand with a dovetail and coping saw…. Not so great. I have seen a video on youtube from lie-nielson about doing dovetails by hand and their emphasis on talent. Would love to attend a seminar of theirs. I will try this eventually and post pics. Cheers.

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