Fir Dovetail Box

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Project by Fettler posted 12-14-2013 11:35 AM 1865 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 2nd box i’ve made in my life time. The wood is reclaimed from Ballpark bench seating (there was a lot of frustration in the “reclaiming” process). Since i used 1/2 blind dovetails i cut the dados on my table saw. The rough cuts for the box were done on the table/band saw and final dimensioning/joinery was done with hand tools.

I used deft gloss finish on the outside of the box and on the underside of the top. Spraying the underside of the top with gloss was a bad idea as it left a residual smell. I rubbed a bit of lemon zest on the inside to try to cover up the smell, but the net result is that it ended up smelling like a urinal cake. =\

I used this box to ship a friend a nintendo USB controller and a little Mario USB drive with some NES emulator software+roms (the games we use to play years ago). I stuck the USPS label right to the bottom and dropped it off at the post office. I’ll ask him to send a picture when he gets it to see what kind of shape its in.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 12:43 PM

Rob, that is a lot of work for a shipping container, but I love it. I also wonder what kind of condition it will be in when it reaches your friend.

Nice work, and thanks for the laugh (urinal cake smell, lol).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 02:58 PM

Nicely done. Cedar is underrated in my opinion. Your dovetails work nicely here, and compliment the design nicely. I like this box a lot. Subtlety is good.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 11:50 PM

Nice looking box, thank you for sharing. Best projects come from reclaimed wood sources

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 03:44 PM

Simple but really well made, like the great joints and the clean lines. Great work!

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