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70B69FA5-F6BB-4B56-99F4-BD61144EEA17.thumb.jpeg.83e746b4d7442c9c00285a60f89c0b0b.jpegI got a wild hair to try out a mitre thru dovetail. This cherry was a left over from the tv console I built last year. It’s some very pretty wood. Problem is I remember this being awful chippy an this time it proved the same. So my dovetails did not turn out as clean as I had hoped. I left all the lay out lines on this one. I go back an forth on if I like the joinery line left shown or the clean look all smoothed over. 

The miter was not that much more difficult. Now I will say that when fitting the joint experience does help a lot. When testing the joint knowing where you need to take material is crucial. The smallest amount in the wrong area creates a big gap somewhere else. To be honest the carved finger catch was the most stressful part.70B69FA5-F6BB-4B56-99F4-BD61144EEA17.thumb.jpeg.83e746b4d7442c9c00285a60f89c0b0b.jpeg6B990CB8-AA5A-437B-B30F-D9F47564513B.thumb.jpeg.6ea42d2a0cbe83be963a9cf5906ec6eb.jpeg409422C6-3BC0-4988-83D8-B2F10497A9D8.thumb.jpeg.9e564a81345fbb51cdf05cb834f90485.jpegC7B59DCA-77C5-42E2-A780-6CEB8BF7FB12.thumb.jpeg.f7d5a2cd12c8ce65c32d3345deb15f76.jpegE89D10E8-066F-42C8-BF42-12CF5446FA1E.thumb.jpeg.fd88ffe6dbe85d33d0ebac1866a6b89d.jpegA8F10EC3-2C58-4151-8940-4F8C38DB024B.thumb.jpeg.6a4fbfb5f23f2c8b1ece8a87c53e5703.jpeg

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1 hour ago, Tmize said:

I like building boxes they seem to be my fall back between projects.

I like building boxes too, plus my wife keeps telling me we are out of room for full blown furniture projects.  One thing that is on my list is to build a Gerstner type machinist tool box because it involves a lot of the same techniques that go into smaller boxes.

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“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”  John Wooden

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I’ve never really had a problem with them cupping til I get to under 3/8” thick. For boxes tho it usually stock that has been in my shop for awhile. I normally resaw it then hand plane to finished size instead of planing it all to size if that helps. 

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I like my box pieces around 5/16 thick.  This thickness happened by accident one time and I liked the way it looked so I have stayed with it.  I start out with a heavy 3/8 and spend a few days getting it down.  One plus to California is we have a pretty consistent humidity so that helps too.

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”  John Wooden

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Most of the time my drawer sides are 3/8” on normal size drawer.  I’ve gotten away with 3/16 on some small drawers before. I normally will only use qs or rs for that tho. You are correct Chet have to take it slow on removal. That is why I saw it an take it down the last 1/32” by hand. 

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12 hours ago, Bushwacked said:

always wanted to build some boxes ... although the couple times I tried my thin pieces of would turned into potato chips and I gave up haha 

BW, get “Basic Box Making” by Doug Stowe. It has some neat boxes and Doug’s instructions are as easy to follow as Marc’s. It’s where I got my start. But don’t let that deter you! ?

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22 hours ago, Coop said:

BW, get “Basic Box Making” by Doug Stowe. It has some neat boxes and Doug’s instructions are as easy to follow as Marc’s. It’s where I got my start. But don’t let that deter you! ?

I will take a look at that book and see .. if it can help me then it will be magical ?. Maybe my problem is I got them to size too quick 

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1 hour ago, Bushwacked said:

I will take a look at that book and see .. if it can help me then it will be magical ?. Maybe my problem is I got them to size too quick 

I knew s#*t from Sherlock about Woodworking when I got involved and thought I would start with decorative boxes. Maybe I should curse Stowe instead of praise him, due to the rabbit hole he created?

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