Chest of Pine Drawers #4: Dovetail milling

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-04-2018 02:57 AM 1095 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Frames are done, 1/2 the dovetails, too Part 4 of Chest of Pine Drawers series Part 5: Sides are done »

Ok…went to the shop for a while….got a few things done, before I called it a day. Turned the stack of frames end for end..and plane the end smooth..

Used a #3 sized plane for that. Set the router up to better find the center of the stack…

And ran that cut first, this time around..

Then reset for two more passes..

One more reset to get the outside cuts..

Then set the stack aside for a while. Got both panels out of the clamps..

Set one aside, for now..have work to do on the other. Seems the add-ons I glued to the panels were a tad thicker than the panels..

We have ways…..clamped the panel to the bench, and started with the No.8 Stanley

Worked decently enough. Arms were getting a bit tired, though. Flipped the panel over, decided to lighten the load on my arms a bit..

  1. 7c and a #4…a cambered jack was also used, to get the real high spots down. #4 was more to clean up.
    Had a bit of knot caused tear-out on one end….promptly called that the bottom of the panel..

Which made this end the “Top”. Decided it was also the “Inside” of the case. The two scraps are “stand ins” to lay out where the frames and kickers will be. Needed a little bit of room at the top, to allow corner blocks. Going with 1×8s for drawers, so a 7” spacing was used. Used the large square to lay out lines for each frame and kicker..

Worked my way down towards the “foot” area…wanted 5” between the bottom of the drawer, and the bottom of the foot. Which left a little bit extra on the end….including that tear-out.

Came in from the edges about 2-1/2” or so..then used the old varnish can to draw some curves. Panel is too big to cut this on the bandsaw…will use the Vintage saws..

Both B&D one an all metal silver, the other a “newer” plastic green. Metal one for the straight cuts..

And the green machine for the curves..

Discovered that can had a dent…will fine-tune that, before I trace this onto the other panel…wasn’t quite done for the day, though. Got the “speed square” out..

This has been many things in it’s long life. Started out as a replacement rip fence for a DeWalt JobSite 10” saw, it has also been a bandsaw fence, and a circular saw guide. Today, it will be a router guide….

Need to set how far from the edge of the base to the center of the dovetail bit. Needed to mark the center of the socket the bit will cut. Used the combo square to set to guide…

Then checked for square..

Two clamps to hold the guide and the panel in place on the bench…

Some nothing moves, final check with the square, start the router up..push through the cut, then pull back through to clean it out. I also pushed the router against the guide the entire time,, don’t want it wandering off..

This is where those dovetail pins on the frames will slide in. Reset the guide for the next cut..

Then spin the panel around, and do the other two cuts…..well I at least spun things around….
Was getting worn out, even with the shop fan on “HIGH” was a bit stuffy. Swept the mess up..

And called it a day. Maybe tomorrow, I can get a few more cuts done?
Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 07-04-2018 03:16 AM

Like that hi-tech french curve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-05-2018 04:01 AM

You make it look so easy, the mention of cleaning up made me exhausted.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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