Dovetail Box from Pallet Wood part 2

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So I've done the hand cut dovetail joints and I'm onto working on adding a bottom to the oak pallet wood sides.

Well now I have done the dovetails by hand. I don’t show much in regards to that in the video because I’ve done them before and there is a slew of how to woodworking videos on that subject. All you have to do is type “How to do hand cut dovetail joints” and you will find more dovetail videos than you could imagine. I do recommend the video by Paul Sellers video as he goes into cutting them in great detail and at a speed that’s easy to follow. He also has several other videos on his channel that offer great information about woodworking using hand tools. You can find his dovetail video by following this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCYjoj6cfno

Removing waste from hand cut dovetail joint. Also, if you’re interested in making blind dovetails, Mitch Peacock at WOmadeOD, (made in wood) has a very detailed video on that. He also has many great videos with information on woodworking with hand tools as well as power tools. You can find the blind dovetail video here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzNhv1kID6E

I’ll be doing a post or two on my website here on how I do dovetail joints here on my website just so I’ll have it available. Though I have not the talent for doing them that Paul and Mitch have, or any other form of woodworking for that matter. I’m still learning and still find myself with gaps. That is something that comes with practice though, doing dovetail joint after dovetail joint.

And now onto the dovetail box build. I cut a groove along the bottom of the sides with my Dremel tool and router attachment. This is to accept the 1/4” plywood bottom. Then I cut out the bottom, matching it with the dimensions of the box. I was trying to mark with a knife so I could sever the wood fibers and prevent blowout. I managed to cut my finger because I wanted to get that last little ½” before moving my hand and of course the knife slipped. Be careful when using your tools. Then I took it to the table saw and cut it down to the size I would use. Using the Dremel router attachment to make a groove for the bottom.

While I was at the table saw, I cut the pieces I’d be using for the top and squared them up. I only had enough of the oak pallet wood for the sides. Sometimes in woodworking, especially when dealing with reclaimed wood, you have to mix and match. I had some scraps of treated pine decking board so I used that. It worked fine for this project. I never use treated wood or pallet wood for something to store food in and certainly not for anything that will actually contact food. The chemicals the wood is treated with can be harmful if ingested. This box isn’t intended for food so we’re good.

A few runs through the jointer and the wood cut for the lid was ready to be glued together. I only have a 4” jointer, so I had to break the boards for the lid into 3 pieces so that my jointer would accommodate them. Then I glued them up, clamped them and set them aside to let the glue dry. After I took the clamps off, I realized I didn’t take into account how much material the saw would take away. I took some of the board sides I had trimmed off the decking boards and glued them to the sides and front of the lid to make up for the wood I’d removed. I cover that in more detail in the video. Again, such things happen in woodworking. Part of the craft is learning how to fix your mistakes.

Then I used the hand plane to shave down the excess on the glue up and began to prepare to do some pneumatic wood carving. I had come up with a design and sketched it out on paper. Then I transferred that onto the wood using carbon paper. My next post will cover what I did as far as the pneumatic wood carving. Please take time to watch the video below that shows me doing what I have written about. Take time to subscribe as well because I have a lot of my woodworking on videos that I haven’t covered on this website. It’s just easier to record what I do than to write about it. Thank you for reading and please come back for part 3 of the dovetail box from pallet wood and scraps!

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