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Blog series by shipwright updated 02-08-2014 04:41 AM 6 parts 20991 reads 139 comments total

Part 1: A Box of Tricky Fits.

01-09-2014 05:02 AM by shipwright | 28 comments »

This new project is an experiment in many ways. It is my first real venture into hand tools as the main instruments of destruction. It is also one of the trickiest marquetry fitting jobs I have tackled and to make it fun I’ve decided to fit it up with full blind dovetails. I have cut dovetails by hand before …..... once….. about ten years ago but they came out fine so I’m up for the challenge. This is the marquetry that will adorn the sides of the box. The intent i...

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Part 2: Full Blind Dovetails

01-10-2014 01:03 AM by shipwright | 37 comments »

So it turns out that the historically correct way to make a marquetry covered box is with full blind dovetails. OK I’m a good sport. How hard can it be. Anyway it will give me a chance to use all those silent, pretty tools again. (I’m going to have to remove that bench mallet from the silent category, especially as it relates to whacking holdfasts.)I believe that the joint was used primarily to provide a very strong corner with no end grain showing to telegraph through the veneer....

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Part 3: Sidetrack, New Tools to Make.

01-17-2014 12:49 AM by shipwright | 16 comments »

When I ended the last segment I had just tried out the router plane. It needed a little tuning so the next day I honed and adjusted it a little and finished up the grooves for the bottom. It worked very well. I was going to move on to fitting up the box and veneering the inside but Patrick had said that I really needed one of these........ so I made one. Meanwhile I had ordered some OBG from Patrick and we got talking about toothing planes and he agreed to sell me a blade ̷...

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Part 4: The Stealth Hinge

01-21-2014 12:45 AM by shipwright | 20 comments »

With the grooves made and the bottom fitted (1/4” plywood hammer veneered on both sides) the next job was to make the interlocking rebates for the lid. One setup and two passes each piece on the table saw, right?How about one setup and one pass each on the router table? OK, hand toolin’ here with my lovely little shoulder plane …....... swish, .... swish….......... Kind of nice if it did take all afternoon. This one is here just because I like the light in it. ...

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Part 5: Assembling the Box

01-28-2014 12:03 AM by shipwright | 25 comments »

With the hinge out of the way, one of the tricky fits is history but getting all the corners to match is another thing altogether. The marquetry was applied to the back before assembly to facilitate bending the veneer around the curve of the hinge tabs but making the corner matches will be better accomplished with the bare box already glued up. I left the corners a little big when I cut the FB dovetails to allow a little fine tuning. Good thing because when first assembled it had a decent amo...

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Part 6: Finishing Up and the Top Marquetry

02-08-2014 04:41 AM by shipwright | 13 comments »

This is a bit anticlimactic after the project has been posted but I wanted to keep the “plane box” thing a secret. There were however some cool hand tool jobs that still had to be done and more adventures to be had so let’s get on with them. The first order of business in getting the top going was to glue in the splines over the hinge pins, locking the pin in place in the top. The difference here was that the spline had to be veneered over to match the interior. Th...

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