Chest of Pine Drawers #11: Dovetails?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-18-2018 03:06 PM 728 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Plugging along Part 11 of Chest of Pine Drawers series Part 12: one drawer fitted, another begun »

Ah yes, the old debate….Tails first..vs..Pins first…...Dungeon Shop goes Pins first. So..

My bevel square. There is a small combo square laying there as well. bevel is set to the angle I use for dovetails(need to write it down, sometime..)

Where the groove comes through, one side of the pin is straight. Covers the groove. Then I work from each edge towards the center, laying out a few pins. had two backsaws to use, one was the “Veteran” and the other was a “Rookie”.....thought I’d give the new guy a try..

It cut straight and fast..

But the handle is a bit too boxy for my hand…..went with the Old timer for the next set of these…
Once the cuts were done, I clamped the board to the bench, and chopped 1/2 way in and down

Leaves a bit of support..flip the board over, and finish the chopping. Transfer the layout marks to the other end, and repeat…

Front is now done. So how do I mark the tails? One of two ways….either stand the pin board up..

And trace around each pin with a pencil…or

Use a couple corner clamps to hold things still. Pencil? does not even have to be sharp. I cut to the waste side of each line, trying to leave the lines…

A few extra cuts help with the chopping. Bandsaw did these cuts…..then the bandsaw broke down..out for repairs
Had to resort to a handsaw for the other set of tails..

Waste is all chopped dry fit to check the fit

Then the second side was done, and it was also dry fitted..

Sides were marked as to which side went where ( fits better, that way) then the jig for the 45 was set up

As the sides also needed a groove for the bottom….they also need a dado made, to house the back..

Mitre box to cut the dado walls….I WAS just going to chisel the waste out…decided a plane would be better

A Stanley #39 3/8” Dado plane. Stanley did make a 3/4” wide one, all I have is the 3/8” one. No biggie, I cut from both walls, and meet in the middle. Stood the back in for a test fit..

Works for me. The “Twins” showed up…

Needed a few counter sunk holes to attach the back to the sides. The miter cut? When you go to install that full drawer, and can’t find the opening it goes in, these relieved corners help get the drawer started.

Old paint brush to smear some glue around….clamps and screw to assemble most of the drawer…..bottom?
Had to drag out the sabre saw, and cut a plywood bottom to fit…was still too wide? Vise to hold it, cambered jack plane to trim the edges…second try fit..

Diagonal clamp to pull things into Square…..once it was square, THEN I added the screws to the bottom panel at the back…

Close enough. Will head to the shop after a bit, carrying the next plank, I’ll remove these clamps, and clean the drawer up, and get it fitted…..and fit a pair of knobs to it… drawer done…only two more to do..
wasn’t too bad of a day….spent half of it on this…

Nice when you can sit down on the job…
Stay tuned….

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

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#1 posted 07-18-2018 03:13 PM

Yep, Dovetails!

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

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#2 posted 07-18-2018 03:14 PM

sometime I do plan on trying hand dovetails …. thanks for this …. GREAT PROGRESS :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 07-20-2018 06:26 AM

Found campsite with Wi-Fi, Williams Lake B.C. home of Pioneer Homes, The Timber Kings, heard the fire last year did them some damage? I like to do Tails first, guess each to there own, was the way I was shown and like to pare down pins for tight fit.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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