Joinery Bench #14: Apron half blind and through dovetail'ing complete. Can now visualize the joinery bench!

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 02-28-2018 05:59 AM 2515 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Getting half blind and through dovetails in order. Part 14 of Joinery Bench series Part 15: Apron and table top glued together, Benchcraft hardware installed »

Thanks to Loren about correcting me about which saw to use for dovetails. I thought to use a 14 TPI Veritas crosscut backsaw since sawing does go across the grain, which caused me to apply force/torque which in turn caused a horrible time following lines. Upon the suggestion, I swapped to a 12 TPI Veritas rip backsaw and big difference with the speed and control.
So now the front half blind dovetails and the rear through dovetails are completed in the 1.5” thick hard maple apron. Planing and some error correction is due (glue + sawdust or inserting sliver pieces and I did minor boo boo by adding 1/16” to the tails and not the pinss…but eh…I will not tell if you dont!). While it is true I had no need for any apron, I want all the experience I can get with hand cut dovetailing and what’s better than 1.5” hard maple :)
Next, will be cutting a channel (dado? grove? mortise?) in the side aprons and tenons for the 4” thick douglas fir table top which only the #1 out of 12 will be pinned and glued against the apron front face and the other 11 will only be dry fitted into the apron mortise to allow for expansion.
24” x 36” total table top. Getting tired of stooping and bending over to do joinery on my existing utility bench :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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