Entry Way Table #1: Secret Blind Mitered Dovetail

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Blog entry by AKSteve posted 07-23-2012 03:23 AM 3552 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I started the join today for the Entry Way Table I have started, Dont think I am going to make it for the Fair this year but there is always next year and hopefullly I will mave more entries.

This is my first attempt at this type of join, I have practiced a Dove Tail joint only a few times, I really don’t think I am all that good at it as matter of fact I think I totally stink at it. Which leads me to Challenge myself and of Course I have to pick one of the most complicated type of joins. One of the Lessons I have learned so far is to try your best not to block plane past the edge, What a pain in the Butt that is! I keep thinking, oh I might actually do it and not have chip out! Hence the Jig I had made to rectify that and it does help alot, that and a good sharp blade at the right Depth, I keep it just ever so tiny, I know I could probably go a little deeper, but I don’t want to, I want to be as careful as possible.

So I Sawed the edge to cut the pins first, I have see it done with a Rabbet planer before but for the life of me I cant figure out how to avoid what I call splintering? it’s when you run the rabbet plane thru and it cuts one side but not the other, any Ideas on what I shoud do? I will ask this in a forum too.

Then I cut the pins, not a pretty site! yikes. I am using a small japanese saw, but the problem with is that it is way to flexible and hangs on the push stroke. I think I am going to try a regular Dovetail saw with this and see how it works.

After that I chisel and pare the waste. here is one side completed.

I started the tails and I am about 1/2 way thru, I screwed it up the first time, I hope this table doesnt get to short! LOL. Anyway that is what I have so far. til next time.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 03:32 AM

Wow, very aggressive attempt! Kudos to you!

Can’t tell if you’re referring to spelching (blow-out at the far end when going cross-grain) or something else, re: splintering…

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 01:32 PM

It’s kinda hard to explain, I wish I could draw a picture to show you. Next time I do it I will photograph it show it will be easier to see what I am taking about, as soon as you see you will know right away what I am talking about. One more try I hope I get this right. When you run the rabbet plane on the Horizontal Plane, it will cut it but it doesn’t cut it vertically on the Vertical plane of the wood. ??

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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