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Blog series by JaLatham updated 03-31-2012 05:33 PM 4 parts 8232 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Dovetails Done

11-30-2011 08:41 PM by JaLatham | 4 comments »

Lately I’ve been working on a toolchest. So far, I’ve cut my first dovetails by hand, cut my first tongue and grooves, and assembled the case. What looks like a gap in the back right corner is actually glue squeezout I haven’t cleaned up yet. Next comes the lid, and my first raised panel with no power. Sweet.

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Part 2: Starting The Lid

12-04-2011 04:06 AM by JaLatham | 4 comments »

Ripping stock to size. I really don’t know why I was staying so far from the line. Not that it matters. Apparently my sawing has been getting better. I stayed away from the line to allow for wandering of the saw blade, but it tracked so straight that I think I can stick right next to the line next time. Jointing sawn edges. While I know that the shavings aren’t what is important, seeing the difference in the shavings of my jointer plane(on top), and my fore plane(on ...

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Part 3: Almost A Lid

12-07-2011 06:15 AM by JaLatham | 11 comments »

Laying out lid parts for marking. Marking from the piece being used, instead of measuring and worrying about numbers allows you to be way more accurate. Squaring up the panel. I cut right on the line this time. Practice really does help! “Scrubbing” the panel to width with my fore plane. Jointing the edge. Plowing end grain is no joke! Boring holes in the frame fore drawboring with my little helper. Almost a lid! ...

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Part 4: Chest Done

03-31-2012 05:33 PM by JaLatham | 10 comments »

Its kind of a jump from my last post, and I had tons of other pics of the construction. But the computer with all those pics died. So these new ones are what I have left. THe rest of the build was pretty staightforward. I dovetailed a narrow skirt around the lid. Then used a chisel and router plane to make the mortises for the hinges. Then with the lid on, I nailed in drawer runners, and made three drawers to fit. For drawer pulls I got some steel rings and cotter pins from a big box store, p...

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