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Front view with the lid open
A few days before Christmas 2013 I came across the Video “How to Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw’ in Fine Woodworking. I have wanted to make a toy box for my grandson for a little while now and this inspired me. I made some test pieces and it was almost perfect the first time. The video described how to make 2 simple jigs to cut the dovetails. I was able to have only the box with his name on it for Christmas when he came to our house. He is four years old. Now I had to finish it with a lid and apply a clear finish.
The box is made of barn pine that I had saved in my garage for a year and it was dry. I machined it with my thickness planer and jointer to make the front, back and sides. The overall sizes are 30″ wide, 14-3/4″ deep and 15″ high. The thickness of the material ended up at almost 7/8″. The hinges are simple strap hinges from the lumber yard. I spray painted them a gold colour as they were a galvanized finish that did not look finished. The lid stay also was from the local Home Hardware store and works very good as I wanted to make sure no little fingers would be hurt. It acts as a soft close. For the letters I printed from “Word” on my computer and traced them with a sharp carving knife through the paper into the wood. I chiseled and used my dremel router to remove the wood. For the inlay I made 2 sets of printed letters, 1 for the cutout on the lid and the other to make the letters to inlay into the lid. These were alder and I cut them on my scroll saw. With a little fitting and then glued in place I planed them down with a low angle plane. All sanding was done with an orbital disc sander
Top of the lid with the inlay in alder
My grandsons name on the front
Bottom of box showing Christmas 2013 and my name that my grandchildren call me Opa. This is Dutch for grandpa
Left side view of box showing tails and pins of the dovetails
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You have to use the tools at hand to get the job done. Thanks for the positive comment. I have cut dovetails by hand but it seems to be very tedious as I don't cut them on a regular basis. Also to be accurate. To answer your question , I don't think it is cheating. It just makes it more enjoyable and I plan on making another toy box shortly for my other grandson. (the parts are already roughed out)
Very nice work! I too saw the video and have been cutting dovetails on the table saw ever since!
It's not really cheating is it? ;)
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