13 January 2013 at 2:03 am #6435AnonymousInactive
Finished my first box today. I couldn’t wait until Paul finished the videos. Oh well, I learned a lot. The hardest part was figuring out how to lay out the dovetails so that the groove didn’t run through them. I’m still interested to learn how Paul made the rear groove so it doesn’t run out the ends. I ended up doing it with a 1/4″ chisel by hand. Really fun project.13 January 2013 at 3:15 am #6439AnonymousInactive
Nice job Jeff, no holding you back buddy 😉13 January 2013 at 4:16 am #6441AnonymousInactive
Thanks Ken. I looked at Paul’s design and there was really anything in it that he hasn’t already addressed, so I gave it a shot. I’m going to try multiple dovetails on the next one.13 January 2013 at 9:15 am #6444David GillParticipant
It looks great , what is the bottom made from , did you get 1/4″ solid timber
Wigan, Lancs. England :13 January 2013 at 4:40 pm #6454Darren McEvillyParticipant
Nice job with the box – what have you used to finish? ..nice soft sheen looks great. Im just up to the 2nd video as not sure how to fix the base .. will have to wait until Wednesday!13 January 2013 at 7:03 pm #6455AnonymousInactive
Thanks guys. David, the bottom is made from 3/8″ stock and everything else from 1/2″. I was able to buy both thicknesses and not have to do any major stock prep. I just glued it on, then planed down the edges flush. . I think you can get away with that on small pieces without the expansion cracking it. Getting much bigger I think you would need to groove the bottom in like a drawer and let it float.
Darren, I haven’t finished it yet, but hit the whole thing with 220 grit sandpaper.14 January 2013 at 2:21 am #6478AnonymousInactive
Hey Jeff, the box looks great.14 January 2013 at 4:00 am #6482AnonymousInactive
Thanks William. I almost finished another one today and made the exact same mistake on the front edge where the sides of the lid are exposed. Hey, it’ll be my trademark. I’m learning a ton about dovetails, where you can miss a little, where you can’t. There’s nothing better than feeling the joints come together for the first time. Great practice project and really useful end result too.
Im starting to get a rhythm of what steps to take in what order I prefer, and can see how Paul can do one in an hour or two after lots of practice. This has been more rewarding than even my bench project and I highly recommend it to everyone.14 January 2013 at 7:05 am #6487juryaanParticipant
Just finished my first box,now have something to put my sawfiles.
Lopik - Netherlands14 January 2013 at 7:17 am #6492AnonymousInactive
Very cool looking Juryann. What was your experience cutting the dovetails? I had some screw ups like cutting on the wrong side of the line on the pins, cracking one joint slightly when fitting up. Did you nail it the first time?14 January 2013 at 7:41 am #6493juryaanParticipant
Thank you Jeff,on the first two dovetails i used a knife to transfer the tails to the pinboard wich ended in loose dovetails,on the other two i used a pencil and they are much better.
Still can’t get them to fit right of the saw,hope with practice i will get there someday.
Lopik - Netherlands14 January 2013 at 7:51 am #6495AnonymousInactive
juryaan, nice work buddy. The box looks great to me.
@jwinship he did not use any nails buddy HaHa 😉14 January 2013 at 2:56 pm #650014 January 2013 at 6:58 pm #6508AnonymousInactive
Ken, it took me a full minute to get that. I need coffee. 😉
Following is a pencil box I did yesterday. Starting to get the hang of this, but I still cut off the dang top end of the groove for the sliding lid. Oh well, it’s my trademark now.
I’m thinking of going into business making pet hamster coffins. 😉15 January 2013 at 6:48 pm #6556DaveParticipant
Juryaan, sawing to the line takes a bit of practice. I make it a point to just do practice cuts once a week. I try to do 100 cuts. Mark out 10 lines, cut them then saw them off and repeat. Its great practice and you will never run out of glue sticks 🙂
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