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    Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    This started with a need to make a wedding gift for my youngest son. Then I decided to make another as a Christmas present for my daughter. Then might as well make two more while I am at it - those two are for the two nurses that take care of my wife.

    I purchased the Steve Latta plans from The Taunton Press and they appear to be quite good.

    The inlay materials are being supplied by one of our own members, Matt at Inlaybanding.com - the quality and service is exceptional

    This was a good excuse to buy a couple of new tools so I got the Veritas plunge base and guides plus the Steve Latta inlay set from Lie Nielsen. I will let you know which works best.

    This will take some time - These four boxes will require 460 milled wood pieces and the joinery will require 656 dovetails, and yes they will be cut by hand.

    I am making two walnut boxes and two cherry boxes with poplar as the secondary wood.

    I am using hide glue for the assembly and should probably use shellac as a finish but could move up to General Finishes Enduro

    Here is a good example from the internet - Hope mine looks as good






    Just getting started on all the glue-ups


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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Good luck with this project - looking forward to following your progress and seeing the finished product(s).
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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    This will be fun to watch, Phil. Looking forward to all your post along the way.
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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    sounds a little intimidating. But I know you're not easily intimidated Phil, nor am I, I think.
    Maybe I'll buy a set of those plans too; it should keep me off the streets for a spell! Looking forward to your progress pictures.
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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Go Phil,

    Great project. It should be fun, and a heirloom when finished!
    I made a similar one several years ago, so if you need any help, give me a call...

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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Looks like a fun and challenging project. Keep the photos coming, can't wait to see the progress.
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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Phil it looks like a big project but once you break it down it does follow a series of steps. Lots of boxes. From the photo you show as an example, it looks like the face of the drawers is a nice piece of mahogany crotch veneer.

    Looks like its time to employ some of the workshop techniques?? Veneer and dovetails.

    The line and berry ornaments are explained very well in Steve Latta's dvd. I don't have a copy but I have seen a couple sections here and there and it is very well done. Steve is one of the best instructors I have seen showing his techniques.

    I guess the thing that makes me scratch my head is the way you keep the teeth sharp on the pin tool to cut the radius features. A little different than touching up a chisel.


    When I was at this stage I never thought I would get to the last stage. Little by little and enjoy the process.









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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    I am moving at turtle speed - they will be done this year for sure

    Finishing the inside with blonde shellac before assembly



    Lots of hand-cut dovetails



    Glue-up and making sure they are square








    A few over-cuts but getting better
    All dovetails were cut with a David Barron magnetic guide and a Gyokucho 372 pull saw

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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Nice looking dovetails, looks like you know what you're doing. can't wait to see the completed ones.
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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    I assume you now have enough clamps to assemble all the boxes at one time good looking joints!

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    Re: Pennsylvania Spice Box build process

    Phil, thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pieces.
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