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The client wanted a pretty spartan knock box, so I made sure the joinery really shone through. This is some air dried walnut again from my Amish friends in Ohio. It's a little plain but this is the nicest piece of wood I have ever worked with. It sawed, planed, and took a chisel beautifully. These are the best dovetails I have ever cut.

Here's a photo from the client with the metal insert in place.



Made sure the grain wrapped all the way around. The client also requested the scribe line remain.



I like to saw two sides at once. It saves time and makes sure your dovetails match.



Using a shopmade dovetail alignment board to perfectly transfer the tails to the pins. If you don't have one of these I highly recommend it, it makes a big difference in efficiency and quality of transfer. Here is David Barron's youtube video on making one:



Here is a video of the box being joined together: http://instagr.am/p/tbqzpsl3Fd/


Couple photos of my alignment boards.





Thanks for taking a look!

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Another gorgeous project. What did you finish with? Tried and True, or something a little more waterproof?
 

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Another gorgeous project. What did you finish with? Tried and True, or something a little more waterproof?

- ignatz
Thank you! I hope the amount I am posting isn't annoying, I'm kind of back-filling my profile here with projects.

For this project I used two coats of Osmo polyx hardwax oil. I really like that stuff for non-period pieces.
 

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Very beautiful!

I had to search the term 'knock box'... for the finished picture I thought it was a toilet paper holder, but a very classy one.

cheers
 

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Project postings are never annoying, especially something like this. Nice! Heck, if people don't want to look, they can move along to something else!

And I too had to look up "knock box". Turns out we have one too-it is by Rubbermaid, and we keep a plastic liner in it, in the kitchen … :)
 

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Luke;

You can annoy us all day with the type of projects you are building.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI
 

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Simple and perfect, great work.
 

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Wow, those dovetails look perfect. Impressive accuracy for hand cut joints.
 

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Very nice looking dovetails! And thanks for posting-now I know what a knock box is!
 

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Good one.
I too had to look up "knock box" and I make espresso every afternoon at 4:00.
Who knew?

You can actually see the quality in that walnut!
 

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Beautiful made dovetails, they are perfect!
 

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Beautiful wood and very tight dovetails, congratulations.
 

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Awesome. Makes me want to get a better backsaw and scrap the idea of buying a dovetail jig. Those might be the best dovetails I've ever seen.
 

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beautiful work. Thanks for the tip on the alignment boards. I've not seen that before.
 

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Thank you everyone!

Paul - that walnut is from my buddy Joe, you guys gotta meet!
 

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Thanks for the link.. I am going to make an alignment board asap.
Beautiful wood and dovetails!!
 

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Very good work.

I really like how consistent the pins and tails are.

I'm a student of the "hand cut dovetail" too.

How do you mark them?
 
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