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Thread: What we do for love .. and dovetails

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    What we do for love .. and dovetails

    This is a gift for my wife. I started the coopered top about a month ago, got back to it over the weekend (to round off the inside - with a hollow - and the outside) when I decided that it could become a feature in the review I am writing on the 20 tpi Veritas dovetail saw. The focus here was to cut dovetails in thin boards.

    The 20 tpi is aimed at thinner boards. I have been assessing it (against its 14 tpi sibling) on different wood thicknesses. For a feature, I built two boxes, one with 1/8" thick sides, and this one with 1/4" thick sides.

    The box is not quite completed. I have done enough for the article for now, and I have a priority (provided by Lynndy) to complete a wardrobe for a guest bedroom before her brother and family descend on us for Christmas. So the box gets put aside until later.

    I must say that I am happy with the way it is turning out. I had a couple of hours after work today to fit the lid to the box, clean up the sides, and buff on a coat or two of oil.

    The wood is Jarrah (very unforgiving when cutting dovetails). The inside base is She-oak. Dimensions: 6" long x 3 1/2" wide x 3" high (at the centre).

    Dovetails (of course!)...









    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    What we do for love .. and dovetails

    Derek, I like that.

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    Beautiful work. Thanks for posting this!
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    Very nice Derek The jarrah sure looks good oiled. With jarrah being such a dense, hard wood I would imagine cutting the tails was a challenge, one you handled well. Your wife should love the box

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    Yep, that is one nice box, I'm sure it will be well received!

    Quite the bench it is sitting on too!
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    Very nice
    I'm not familiar with the term She-oak ?
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    She-oak is another eucalypt from Oz. About 50% more dense than Jarrah!

    The piece in the box is a remnant from this board which I 4-squared by hand (look at the grain - it goes in every direction. Such fun to plane!) ...



    ... then used the bandsaw to cut these boards ...



    ... which became this box (which should give you a better idea of the figure) ...



    Regards from Perth

    Derek
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    Beauty mate and +1 on the bench comment.
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    I have seen your coopered box displayed in a couple of other forums, but I never get tired of looking at it. There is something very mesmerizing about the coopered top. I have this unrealistic urge to run my hand over the top of it. I think that is the true test if you like something; the urge to run your hands over it to get the feel of it.

    As everyone has said; thanks for posting it here.

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    Man that she-oak is some beautiful stuff Derek. I wonder if I can find that over here I'm going to have to look. 50% denser that jarrah WOW

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