Another Toasting Box

I’ve been busy in the shop this past month building another toasting box for my friend Jay.  The box is built out of solid mahogany; there is not plywood or laminates.  There is a humidor compartment that is lined with Spanish cedar and held closed by maple toggles.

This is the first time I have used mahogany in a project.  It has its challenges: open grain and it splinters and splits easily and it also loves to cup.  It is a softer wood and so easier to work with hand tools–I met little resistance while sawing and chiseling the dovetails.  When you add an oil finish, the results are stunning.

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My dovetails are improving

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Just waiting on a few final bits of hardware and this one will be all wrapped up.

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