A couple of dovetail boxes

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  • #20669
    Jason
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    I figured I’d stop lurking and show some of my boxes. You have all inspired me, and now I can’t find enough shop time.

    One box is a chisel box with a fitted lid made of cherry. Several family and friends have asked me how I could leave something so nice in the garage filled with chisels. Hopefully it’s the beginning of a trend.

    Second box is the shaker candle box from Paul’s book/DVD made of pine. I’m going to give it to my daughter to store her crayons. It will soon likely be painted pink or purple.

    Until recently, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with dovetails, and decided it was a joint I would never do. I had made several failed attempts to learn on my own, and finally took a local class that resulted in even worse dovetails. When I watched Paul, something clicked. I can’t even say what it was. Now my dovetails are tight. In fact, now I need to make them not so tight. I found out the hard way that if you compress the leading edge of a tail too much, it will fracture and leave a little hole. (I can send a pict showing you what mean if you’re interested.)

    #20674
    MartyBacke
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    Very nice!

    #20675
    Ken
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    Nice work Jason 😉

    #20680
    George Bridgeman
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    Great work, Jason. Really pleased you’ve managed to get the hang of dovetails. It’s a great feeling when it clicks! Keep making them and you’ll get even better and quicker.

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #20686
    NikonD80
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    That’s some lovely tidy work there Jason. Shame to paint that crayon box but sometimes you can’t fight the power of pink in a daughter 😀

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

    #20691
    Jason
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    Thanks everyone for your kind words.



    @nikond80
    , truth be known, I’m not completely in love with the form of the candle box and it doesn’t really fit my wife’s decor. I built the box knowing that it would store crayons, and that it would be painted. If paul can paint dovetails, I can too. But now that it’s made, I kinda like it. I’ll probably make a second box and not paint it.

    Regards!

    #20692
    David Gill
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    A real nice group of boxes Jason, thanks for posting them
    I enjoy seeing the projects that members have made

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #20704
    Eddy Flynn
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    well done Jason they look great i hope you’ve put them on the gallery page i’m still not as happy as i might be with my dovetails , after seeing yours i’m going to a have another bash at it today thanks for sharing

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #20737
    Jason
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    @edfly give it another go and show us how you do. If I could do it finally, you can too. I tried to post to the gallery, but I didn’t see a way to upload from my iPhone. I’m not opposed to Joseph or Phil putting it in there.

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