Another box for a silent auction at a local churchIf you have been following this blog, you already know that Sandy made a box on the band saw. She will donate her box to a local church, which will hold a silent auction in a few weeks. Of course, the box will go to the highest bidder.Now it is my turn – how can I NOT donate something for this local auction? No way. I HAD to also make something! Doing this makes me feel good, as all donations will go to a worthwhile charity cause. The short version of the story: I made this little box from one board, using quarter sawn sycamore and inlaid walnut dovetails. The base is also walnut. The board I selected had some truly nice grain; I decided to resaw a 1/4-inch thick piece to use as a captured bottom for the box, and use some with similar grain for the lid. The finish will be Waterlox – I will post an update when the finish has been applied, and the wonderful quarter sawn grain is much more obvious. This is the box as it stands today, sitting on the workbench; in other words, a work-in-progress (WIP). The dimensions are: 3 inches tall, 5 inches deep, 8 inches wide; the sides are just under 1/2-inch thick: Background – inlaid dovetails and bow ties: On a daily basis I frequent various woodworking forums, and learn a lot from them. I also try to contribute in whatever way I can. I use the Leigh D4 dovetail jig to make boxes with dovetail joinery. I love making boxes, and especially boxes with dovetails. The D4 comes with a terrific User Guide; and Technical Bulletins supplement and augment the information in the User Guide. The Leigh procedure to make inlaid dovetails and end-on-end dovetails can be found at their Customer Support page. In preparation for a much larger project, one day I was playing with a prototype with inlaid dovetails, and also with end-on-end dovetails. I wanted to get comfortable with the technique. Using walnut as the inlay, I developed what I came to call “bow ties”, as can be seen on the lid of this prototype box: I shared these photos in various forums , as I was excited with the results. Eventually, my wife and I decided to give this little box as a Christmas present to my aunt. As luck would have it, a person at Leigh Industries read my post at a major woodworking forum, and contacted me to request permission to post the photos at their Inlaid Dovetails Photo Gallery . At this link you can view the rest of the photo Gallery, and also the larger versions of these photos. Some time later, at another forum, I inquired whether some members might be interested in a tutorial on HOW to make the inlaid dovetails, and especially the end-on-dovetails. The answer was a resounding YES, there was quite a bit of interest. I will develop the photo tutorial in the near future, using the Leigh D4 dovetail jig. Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Al
About Al Navas
I love working with wood, and sharing here on the blog. I also love designing items that my clients will love having in their homes and offices. Please let me know if you need a special piece to share with your loved ones. Freelance, Legal, and Community Interpreter. Love photography.