My first dovetail Pistol Box,Carving and Inlay

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Project by SubVette posted 03-03-2014 03:37 PM 3977 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at building a box. I have a limited budget so my choice of wood was whatever I could get cheap. That ended up to being white ash at HD. I learned a lot from this project. One is having a work shop to work in would be nice. Mine consists of a patio table on my porch. This was ok provided it wasn’t raining. I also learned that having a nice table saw really matters, mine is ten years old and I bought it new for 100 dollars. The fence moved a lot, so I had to measure and clamp every cut. I also learned that sanding is your friend, learn to love it. It was a lot of fun to build and do the other details like carving the deer head and doing the inlay. I should note that I bought the inlay from Constantine’s in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. It came in a circle form but I did not like that, so I cut out what I liked and inlayed it. It was my first attempt at doing inlays. I actually watched someone do it on YOUTUBE and tried it on a piece of scrap frist. The next box I do I will create my own inlay. I would also like to try and hand cut the dovetails instead of using a jig. The white ash seemed to contrast well with the carving, so I choose to finish the box with a clear acrylic lacquer. Added a half mortice lock to the box see last picture. Ended up going with a piano hinge for stregnth. Routered out a notch for the hinge to sit in top and bottom. Thanks for all the comments.

-- John in Florida

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 03:45 PM

Great box and you know what the limitations of you equipment is for such projects and you learned/developed a few new skills, maybe rent a garage

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

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 03:58 PM

Very nicely done—great job for a first project!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 04:03 PM

Looks great,

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 04:04 PM

Good job. You look like you will be good at this.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 06:18 PM

Very, very nice job, especially for what you have for tools!

Here’s a picture of a double dovetail. I don’t know where the blog is that you mentioned you’re looking for. Is this the kind of dovetail you were looking for?

This was made on an Incra fence system.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 06:41 PM

great work, looks amazing

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 07:18 PM

good job and welcome to LJ’s

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 08:07 PM

Could I ask everyone to do me a personal favour in future? Please could you give the dimensions of the piece you have made in the write up included. I find this incredibly useful myself, and it really adds for me at any rate so much to the piece in question. I love this but like always would love to have even a rough idea of the sizes involved anyway this looks like avery nice box suitable for many great things with a little imagination. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 08:30 PM

That is really cool. Great job and welcome to LJ’s

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 01:02 AM

nice work. i like the fixings you’ve chosen and the inlaid duck is very cool

that double dovetail is something to behold

-- Out in the shed making curls

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#11 posted 03-04-2014 02:04 PM

Nice box for your firearms. Well done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 02:14 PM

Your excellent work and beautiful result certainly belies your tool limitations and proves that fancy tools don’t make a craftsman.
Great job!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 03:09 PM

Nice! Love the fancy dovetails. Keep the guns in a locker or safe so you can enjoy them for years.

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 06:54 PM

So many technics and details in one box,outstanding!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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