Cherry side table #2: Little side project

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Blog entry by Wintergreen78 posted 02-13-2019 08:29 PM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’ve ordered a plow plane to cut the dados for the drawer bottom. Since it won’t be here for a few more days I decided to knock up a little tool tray to hold marking and layout tools. I’ve made several of these to hold odds and ends around the garage, and I think they make pretty good dovetail practice. The one I’m using now is a little too narrow for my square to fit in properly. So, this one will be wide enough to just fit in the well at the back of my bench. It is as long as the scrap of 1/4 oak I had laying around for the bottom. It is half the height of the poplar I ripped for the sides and ends. I decided to make a few little slots for tools to stand in, so everything doesn’t end up jumbled in the bottom.

If I stay away from my lines and do a good bit of fitting, I can get dovetails to turn out pretty well. I’m trying to get better at cutting right to the line so they go together right off the saw. I got a little inconsistent with the angles on my tails, but these took only a little bit of fine tuning as I test fit them, and I think they will be pretty good once everything is glued up. I’m using a hardened Japanese saw, and I think the blade is getting dull. So, I’ll be getting a new blade pretty soon and hope that helps with my results too.

The dividers are gluing up now, I figure I’ll go down this evening and glue up the box.

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#1 posted 02-14-2019 02:37 AM

That will work pretty well for something that got knocked out in a couple hours of work. It is a tight enough fit in the tool well that I’ll also be able to use it as a stop when I’m working on that end of the bench.

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#2 posted 02-14-2019 12:12 PM

I need something like that rather than having my tools strewn all over the bench. Of course I also need a real bench not just a table. For a quick project it looks pretty darn good and solid as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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