Random off cuts box
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
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
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
Marking baselines for dovetals
Laying out dovetails with a miter on the bottom corner to hide the groove
Here is where I let go of some hesitation and realized this might actually look good once completed
It's really weird to cut and chisel into different species of wood
Cutting the mitered ends
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
I used a sage colored milk paint for the inside of the bottom
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
After I glued the top on and flushed up the sides, I cut the lid off on the bandsaw
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.
The other side. I'm really happy with how well the lid separation went on this box. It's pretty much seamless
The box is lined with cherry. I like the sage milk painted plywood bottom
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:
Beautiful box nice work! I might steal your idea (with credit) and make a box in this manor.