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    Kevin Bowkett
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    I would class myself as a novice at working wood despite recently making 2 electric guitars on a course with guidance and instruction (Bailey Guitars – in Scotland) . However, without those courses I don’t think I would have ventured towards working wood with hand tools. Those guitars were built with a lot of machinery which I don’t have at home. I wanted to create the same sense of achievement at home and realised building a guitar on my own required better skills and knowledge than I had.

    At the end of last year, I discovered Paul Sellers and the master class site – I’m fascinated to learn about this craft…every Wednesday is a highlight in my week. After seeing the Dovetail Box project, I wanted to build a box. Fortunately, my partner gave the excuse to do it – she loves to spin and ply her own wool but her plying ‘tools’ were make-shift and unusable resulting in several expletives.  So I set myself on a mission to provide a more functional solution….here’s the result.

    Wood is Sapele which I found quite difficult to work with – the grain appears to be irregular and I had trouble with tear out…but it’s finished 🙂

    My partner is more pleased with it than myself but I am proud to have completed it.

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    #11172
    Dave Riendeau
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    Kevin, thats an excellent piece of work, its not what I would call a novice attempt 🙂

    -Canada

    #11175
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Nice job Kevin!!  Did you do the inlay work as well?

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #11178
    Kevin Bowkett
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    Did the inlay work myself, but its not as neat as I’d have like and I found it hard working with veneers….more practice is required 🙂

    #11180
    Tim457
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    I can sympathize with always wishing you could do better, but I agree that is certainly not a novice attempt. Very impressive and well done.

    #11182

    Kevin, it’s very beautiful box))

    Toronto, Canada

    #11184
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Nice job love that thin inlay and motif.

    Yep Sapele grain direction can be difficult but thats what make it look beautiful as well.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #11208
    Kevin Bowkett
    Participant

    Thank you all for your kind comments.

    #11238
    dborn
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    looks great!

    Is sapele the same as mahogony, oor at least what we get when we go to but mahogony?

    #11243
    Dave Riendeau
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    Dan, I think Sepele is a type of mahogany,  there are many types of mahogany from different parts of the world I gather.  Some endangered some not.  Where I live Sepele is actually cheaper than walnut or cherry, something I don’t understand because cherry and walnut are local tree species.

    -Canada

    #11244
    Eddy Flynn
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    Kevin if this is your first hand tool project look out the rest of us this is fantastic

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #13068
    Adam Drysdale
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    Hell’s teeth! That’s impressive. You certainly don’t appear to be a novice!

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