New Guinea Rosewood Boxes #3: Bases made and The Dovetail Joints glued up and sanded

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-05-2014 09:31 AM 2757 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Fabricating the Box frame timber Part 3 of New Guinea Rosewood Boxes series Part 4: Routing the side and end features »

The NGR Boxes got some attention today, the progress of them is a bit slower than I anticipated but it is progressing just the same.

I made the bases from some blockboard I had which was a good size for the job.

I was originally going to re saw some more New Guniea Rosewood but my band saw did not have the capacity to do it.

The bases I cut to size on the table saw and then used a shaper set up with a with a couple of router bits, a slot cutter and a rebate bit.

Once I had these done I cut a slot for the base in the box frame again using the shaper.

There was a bit of fine tuning to get a good fit, and then all was ready for the glue up.

I used Titebond II in the dovetails then a check for squareness and on with some clamps and left them up to set.

Once the glue was dry I used a disk sander to rough level the joint overlap.

Here is a walk around the boxes

another view

and finally

I then did a comparative dimension check as they designed to be a matched pair

and the other end

All looked reasonably OK, there is some minor chip out on the tails but otherwise all is good to proceed to the next step.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 09:58 AM

That Gifkins dovetail jig is getting a work out…nice job… will call you when we get back from HK

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:41 AM

Great Job i Dont Think The NGR Boxes got are Great To Build

-- try to make the Woodworking Better ,

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 06:22 PM

coming along rather nicely. a little sanding dust and glue will hide those very minor chip outs to everybody’s satisfaction.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 07:16 PM

Nice, Clean, gapless, dovetails!

COOL boxes too…

Right on!

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 12:58 PM

Nice work Robert.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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David Dean

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 07:51 PM

nice work.

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