Pine Table Project #4: Catching up, and a drawer made

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-02-2017 02:40 AM 935 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Beginning to dislike hand cut half blind Dovetails…...PITA to do..

This is the second one I’ve ever done, without using an electric router and jig…..Maybe after a few more, I might get decent at these?
Second side is out of the clamps, legs have their beads milled

And stashed over with the first side. Dovetails are passable..

Ok, besides cleaning up a new plane I traded for, I did manage to make a drawer today.

First, since I am done with the bead cutter, I could put the #12 plough/groove cutter back in, and set up for some grooves to house a drawer bottom. Jig set up to hold the three pieces still, cut each in their turn.

1/4” wide, by 3/8” deep. Tried to lay out the dovetails to hide the grooves from the outside..

When this is installed into the drawer front, that notched tail will be covered up.

Next, I needed a dado and a rebate on each side piece. Both will hold a drawer back…
One problem, rods on the 45 were too short to fence out the end of the board…..Hmm, reset the depth stops on the Mitre Box, and cut the walls of the dado. A chisel to pare the waste down a bit, then the 45 can follow the walls

And I wind up with a dado looking like this..

The rebate out on the end was done about the same way, only I neede just one wall sawn, and I could chisel away 99% of the waste and THEN clean it up with the 45. Time to size the backs for height…

Went from the groove up to the top of the drawer’s side. Had to saw a bit off…..not all that much…but, there was the matter of all them saw marks….

Junior Jack took those out. Left the plane on the bench for a bit. marked out for a plywood drawer bottom, and somehow got it cut out of the sheet of 1/4” plywood i have in the shop. Edges were a bit rough and wavy….that is why the junior jack plane was still out of the till. I “jointed” the rough edges of the plywood. About time for Elmer to show up..

Somewhere, in that forest of clamps is a drawer. Used all of those type of clamps I had in the shop, and I still need glue and screws to secure the backs in place, and serve as clamps….why two backs in a drawer?

Well, one is a “false back” to hide the stash box behind it. Open the drawer the “normal” 12” or so..looks like a normal drawer. You will have to remove the drawer to access the rear, hidden compartment. As this will be a bedside table,I’ll let you figure out what will be back there…

Will let the drawer sit overnight. I’ll get the clamps off tomorrow, and set the drawer aside. Need to chop the mortises to attach the front pieces and the back piece….need to assemble the base of the table, so I can build the support stuff for the drawer to slide on. Stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-02-2017 10:08 AM

For half blind dovetails, (we call them lap dovetails in england), you need a couple of easily made tools.Either a fishtailed chisel, or narrow l/h and r/h bevelled chisels. See Mads blog. The other thing is a special knife. See my blog on tools for free. The blade of the knife doesn’t have to be made from a machine hacksaw blade, a rusty 12” steel rule would work just as well. These will make the cleaning out of the corners a doddle.

best regards,

-- Paul England

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