First Hand-Cut Dovetails

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My son needed a pencil box for school so I used his box as the guinea pig for my first ever hand-cut dovetails. They turned out “okay” and I learned a lot. I definitely know what to do differently/better next time. -Oh, it was also the first time I had used hide glue. Jury’s still out, but I do think I kinda like it.

I made a fitted lid so that little fingers wouldn’t get pinched by a hinged lid that falls shut.

Wood is local-grown (Central IL) walnut, finish is oil/varnish blend. Three coats, hand-rubbed between each.


-- † Hops †

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 06:18 AM

nice!!! that will be a keepsake for a long time…he will always remember that you made this for him…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 07:05 AM

Looks good to me. Your son should enjoy it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 08:25 AM

Terrific I love the single dovetail good job …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 12:20 PM

nice! thats gonna be a keepsake for a long time!

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 12:57 PM

Really nice. I like the local wood aspect, too. Your son will treasure this for a long time.

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#6 posted 06-05-2008 02:33 PM

nicely done. There’s a lot more to dovetails then one would think. Especially hand cut.

-- JJohn

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#7 posted 06-05-2008 07:59 PM



-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 03:44 PM

This is a nice box and congratulations on the dovetails. You did a good job on these.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#9 posted 06-07-2008 05:33 AM

Nice job. I hope my first handcut dovetails are half as good.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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