Show off Your Handcrafted Projects. It's Free! Start Sharing

Box 38

author-gravatar Dylan Apr 16, 2017

My submission for the r/woodworking 52 Box Challenge

Photo of Box 38

Box 38. Yeah, I don't know where the missing two or three inches of length went, but while the lengthwise proportion is off I still like the overall composition. 

Photo of Box 38

Sapele for the cases and poplar for the drawers

Photo of Box 38

White oak for the drawer fronts. 

Photo of Box 38

This saw is great for most tasks. Say, for example, if you want a 46 degree angle, or a 44 degree angle, then there is really no better saw. But if you want 45 degrees, well you're in for a long day of sawdust and frustration. 

Photo of Box 38

The show boards are all sequential so the grain wraps around the three boxes and all the boards are resawn from the same board so the color matches throughout. Definitely lacking the pop of that madrone though. 

Photo of Box 38

Routed dados for the drawer dividers 

Photo of Box 38

Dividers are made from wenge.

Photo of Box 38

I hate gluing up miters.

Photo of Box 38

Post glue up. There were a few gaps and one of the side pieces shifted a little.

Photo of Box 38

The drawer fronts are all sequential too. 

Photo of Box 38

A pretty good fit. 

Photo of Box 38

Milling the drawer sides and backs. 

Photo of Box 38

I actually had to make two sets of these, on the first set i cut the slot for the drawer bottoms on the wrong side of the line and wouldn't have been able to space the dovetails properly. 

Photo of Box 38

Lots of dovetails. 

Photo of Box 38

This blue tape method for layout really helped with the half blind dovetails. 

Photo of Box 38

Satisfied. 

Photo of Box 38

This was a long day. 

Photo of Box 38

Fitting the drawers with a small smoothing plane. 

Photo of Box 38

Pretty happy with how these came out, one or two gaps on a few drawers but overall they look good. 

Photo of Box 38

Holes driller for the cotter pins.

Photo of Box 38

I made the drawer bottoms out of cedar. 

Photo of Box 38

Materials for the pulls. Hemp cord and key chain rings. 

Photo of Box 38

Went faster than I thought. At first I wanted to wrap them in a blue thread to match the milk paint of the spacers but I couldn't find any thread thicker than sewing thread and sew thread just wasn't working so I went with the hemp. 

Photo of Box 38

And they are too big. 

Photo of Box 38

Finished with natural oil. I used a blue milk paint for the spacers.

Photo of Box 38

The grain wrapped effect is cool.

Photo of Box 38

I don't really like the look of Sapele to be frank, but I think the blue milk paint makes it work for me. 

Photo of Box 38

Bookmatched back panels. 

Photo of Box 38

I was nervous about the combination of wood choices but overall I'm pretty happy with it. 

Photo of Box 38

I prefer this side. 

Photo of Box 38

Some misalignments and gaps, acceptable because I will keep this box for myself. 

Photo of Box 38

The left most drawer on the middle row remains a mystery. I don't know how I took that much off, and so unevenly. 

Photo of Box 38

I will replace the drawer pulls at some point with rings of a smaller diameter, they are way to clunky and obscure sequencing of the grain for the drawer fronts, and I'm not sure I like the hemp look on this box. 

Photo of Box 38

Happy with the cedar for the bottoms, looks clean. 

2 comments

Fabulous box and great dovetails on the drawers

Absolutely stunning work! The grain matching, half blind dovetails and the finished piece are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

You need to be signed in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join now

4