Standing Desk of Cherry #7: Dovetails, just dovetails

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-09-2017 04:38 PM 1459 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Road trip,and a glue up Part 7 of Standing Desk of Cherry series Part 8: glue ups, and some lid work »

Have four corners to do. Gave a hint in the last blog…

This is Corner #1…..maple doesn’t like saws any more than Cherry does, it appears.
I usually do pins first on these through dovetails..

Handsaw to cut, just an old Disston No. 4…..

Then some chisel work..

I chop in from one face of the board, leaving a tab for support, then flip the board over…

Chop out the waste..

Once they look good, I use these pins, and a sharp pencil, to trace out where the pins will go on the “tail board”

Then the bandsaw to cut on the waste sides of the lines..

Simply because I can’t handsaw angles like this…..saw tends to wander around, and is hard to start.
Chop out the waste, same routine as the pines..

Then a dry fit..

Then repeat these steps for corner #2..

And the rest of the corners…

While I had all four sides together, decided to use the square in a few spots..

Not bad there..

Looks good to me. Will need to fine tune all of the joints, for a better fit, later.

Set this mess aside, and set out a box..

Because the last time I used this plane..

It had a #23 Bead cutter on board. Removed that, and dug out the #12 straight cutter ( no blood, THIS time around..) and reset everything to mill a 1/4” wide groove..

The the desk’s bottom can sit in. Set a 1/4” in from the bottom edge of the boards. Poplar panel for a bottom.

Maybe later to day, knee willing, I can hobble back down these steps..

To the shop, and mill some grooviness into the desk? twisted the knee yesterday, using a cane today…Monday will get it seen too..

Stay tuned, a glue up may happen before too much longer….then a fitting of the lid. Maybe a finish after that?

Desk? Think one of these..

That sits atop a long legged stand. Hardest part is getting that angle for the lid just right.
May get some measurements later…..this new desk is a tad bigger..

Again, thanks for reading along, stay tuned.

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

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#1 posted 07-10-2017 07:10 AM

Bandit you may want to consider getting a pully system installed in the stairway so the cases of Jamesons dont have to be carried down by hand thus saving your knees.

Hope the doc gives you the all clear otherwise

Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 07-10-2017 08:55 PM

Couldn’t get in today, to see about the knee. Will just have to be a “Hoppalong Bandit” for awhile.

Stay tuned,another episode is coming up, shortly. Now, pass me a Guinness…I am taking Monday off….

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

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