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Random off cuts box

author-gravatar joelav Nov 01, 2019

This dovetailed box was made using some scraps that were otherwise too small for anything else. It was was a bit more work than I anticipated, but was fun

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Here is how it began, but really this is like step 10. Getting the pieces to fit and gluing them up did not go smoothly and I wouldn't repeat that process. I have a much better idea what to expect for the next one

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Now the "boards" are trimmed to length and I cut a groove for the bottom. Figuring out where to cut for the sides was a bit tricky as I wanted the pattern as random as possible. Next time I need to make the individual pieces much smaller

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Marking baselines for dovetals

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Laying out dovetails with a miter on the bottom corner to hide the groove

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Dovetails cut

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Here is where I let go of some hesitation and realized this might actually look good once completed

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It's really weird to cut and chisel into different species of wood

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Cutting the mitered ends

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Fortunately these dovetails went together well off the saw. I didn't want to do a lot of test fitting. Only the miters needed a little extra attention              

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I used a sage colored milk paint for the inside of the bottom

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I didn't want a patchwork lid. I thought that would be too busy. I chose some ambrosia maple - which I also think is a bit too busy but I can live with it. The next box will have a more subdued and uniform lid/top 

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After I glued the top on and flushed up the sides, I cut the lid off on the bandsaw 

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And there it is with 3 coats of Tried and True Varnish oil. It still needs some wax, but I need to wait a few weeks for the finish to fully cure.

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The other side. I'm really happy with how well the lid separation went on this box. It's pretty much seamless 

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The box is lined with cherry. I like the sage milk painted plywood bottom 

3 comments

That box is awesome looking with the different species! Also, it's good to see you share your work again on the site!

Thanks Sean!

@Sean  said:

That box is awesome looking with the different species! Also, it's good to see you share your work again on the site!

Beautiful box nice work! I might steal your idea (with credit) and make a box in this manor. 

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