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This is really nice! A friend of my daughters saw the one I made for her and asked if I could make her dad one for father's day. I had the idea this time to try a dovetailed box as well. After a couple of weeks practicing cutting dovetail joints I ripped a piece of cherry and had a go at it.

Disaster ensued when the joints were too tight and trying to hammer them together busted a pin and split the board. I tossed it in the scrap heap and walked away. I assume when I return to it I will go back to splined miters. Go with what you know, I guess.

Regardless, I am sure mine wouln't have come out this nice. Great work.
 

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The dovetails were made with the Leigh RTJ400 jig. It's a new way to do dovetails and once set up, nearly foolproof.

Thanks for the nice comment.

Burt
 

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What a great idea Burt. Several years ago I bought the 3 metal templates for drilling the holes and I made several boards and always thought there had to be something better…and here it is. A lovely box for storage and a board right there. Something that can be left on the table that looks nice. Thanks so much for sharing. I have never heard of the Leigh RTJ400 jig. Where did you purchase it?
 

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Larry,

I got the RTJ400 at
www.highlandwoodworking.com

Also, I called the Leigh factory to get some data first on acceptable router fit/table, etc…..

The jig is wonderful and a new way to do the dovetails but you do have to read all the instructions carefully and realize that it is not a linear set of instructions.

Good luck on your projects.

Burt
 

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Beautiful box. I like those wide, big dovetails, they look fantastic.
 

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Ivan,

Thank you for your nice comment. I do love to use contrasts especially in joint making.

Burt
 

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This is a wonderful box and it houses a beautiful cribbage board. I love the nice details and craftsmanship that went into the house.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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