New Guinea Rosewood Boxes #2: Fabricating the Box frame timber

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-20-2014 10:17 PM 1722 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The lid fabrication Part 2 of New Guinea Rosewood Boxes series Part 3: Bases made and The Dovetail Joints glued up and sanded »

The usual jointing and preparation of the NGR stock took place.

These are the blanks I used edge glued to achieve the depth I wanted

They are jointed on the reverse edges, meaning facing down out of view

I made a total of six sections 4 x for the sides and 2 x for the ends

Then it was into the thicknesser to reduce them all to the same thickness.
Then on to the table saw to square one end.

Once that was done it was then out with the steel rule to measure precisely the inside lip of the lid.

There was a 2mm difference in the internal dimensions of the lid width wise 240 and 242mm

This needed to be taken into consideration in the cutting to length of the blanks.

Once the were cut it was out with the Gifkins dovetail Jig, set up a test dovetail cut adjust to fit and then on with the NGR material.

Here is a shot of the dovetail bit at work, the grey object is a dust extractor hose with a magnetic attachment.

Here is the progress to date showing the raw fitup.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 10:47 PM

Looking good…

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 11:21 PM

A very nice set of boxes coming along…

COOL wood, technique…

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 11:49 PM

I am going to have to check out that jig you are using.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 12:10 AM

that is much better than my porter cable jig. I can now understand why it costs so much more. $350.00 vs. $190.00 for the porter. ouch. great work though. what type of rosewood are you using? my shop I use Bolivian rosewood

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#5 posted 07-21-2014 01:10 AM

Hello DAC


The timber is New Guinea Rosewood, and its some from Degoose’s stock, direct from the importer.
The Gifkins Dovetail Jig

The Gifkins Dovetail Jig as a starter kit, (meaning it has all the router bits to make a box from scratch is about $650 AUD
That is with only one template, of your choice, then additional templates complete with the associated router bit set is about $190AUD per set.

Here is the Box I made for it all, now you know why its afforded such an impressive accomodation

Ease of Use:
Once setup, and I am refering to using shims and doing a test cut only occurs once, the jig will now cut any thickness of material (within its limits)
H Series 2mm to 10mm
A Series 5mm to 13mm and the
B Series 13mm to 22mm.

Its a breese to use as long as you pay attention to the setup, simply a matter of re-reading the instruction Manual if you dont use it often

Hope this helps.

The only time the shim adjustment is required is after the bit is resharpened or changed.

Here is the test cut I did before the NGR work

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 01:51 AM

nice work.

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#7 posted 07-21-2014 05:19 AM

Great job, I love that NGR wood.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 07-21-2014 10:57 AM

Nice box Robert and that dovetail jig really works well.

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 12:06 PM

Nice boxes. Those dovetails look purdy good.

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