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Old 09-29-2013, 11:28 AM
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Default Box in Red Cedar (Toona calantis)

This is a box made for holding general "stuff", made from Red Cedar. The box is 240 x 200 x 140 mm and has no internal compartments or trays. The finish is....wait for it...burnished Tung Oil/White Spirit mix which was then finished with 4 coats of Shellac. I used the oil first as it really does accentuate the grain. The Shellac gave it the gloss finish that the client wanted. I gave the oil 48 hours to dry after burnishing and before using the Shellac. This really was a lovely piece of cedar.

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Old 09-29-2013, 12:23 PM
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Looks stunning, Rob
I haven't seen any cedar that nice around these parts, where's it from?
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:27 PM
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Forgot to mention ( was too busy looking at the cedar) I noticed you chose not to mitre the corners as you usually do, from memory. Any reason for the change?
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:18 AM
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Hi Okami,

The Toona calantis is, I am told, from the Philippines and is a managed resource there. We also get Surian from Malaysia and while I have seen some nice figure in that also, nothing like this.

As far as the joinery goes, there are two reasons I chose to go for half Blind Dovetails. (actually, three).

I felt that mitres would allow the figure from each side to impact on that on the others and that this would make the whole box look confusing and a mere exercise in trying to show off some beautiful timber. Not a good idea.

Red Cedar (Toona australis) was a furniture making timber used extensively in Colonial Australia and I felt that this joinery was sort of an homage to those days.

I used half blind dovetails because...I cant stand through dovetails. Would rather use finger joints any day.

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Nice work as always Rob - do you cut the half-blind dovetails by hand or prefer one of the jigs, and if so, which do you like?
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:04 PM
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Hi Paul,
Thank you for the kind words.
I'm afraid that hand cut dovetails are a little beyond me, so I use a Leigh D4R jig
with a Festool OF2000 router and, where possible, Leigh 8mm shank bits. The CMT bits are my next choice, but the 8mm shank bits give a nicer result and are not so jarring in use.

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Thanks for the info Rob, always nice to know what the experts are using. I have the same jig, although my joints don't look as great as yours, my equipment must be defective, or maybe there is another reason, ...
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