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Poplar Box, dovetail version #1: Not quite a repeat

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-02-2019 06:20 PM 238 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Poplar Box, dovetail version series Part 2: Feeling groovy, and doing the Stanley 45 dance »

Ok, last Poplar Box was with finger/box joints at the corners. Taking almost the same sized Poplar boards, but using handcut, through Dovetails for the corners..first, cut a few pieces on the mitersaw..

Thought I could cut them all at once, and get even sized parts…2 for the ends, 2 for the sides…

One of the sides, even after 3 double-checks, came out a bit too long….we have ways. Then the hand plane routine, again…edges that didn’t quite match up, from the same board?

Almost like the board was wider at one end? Once all the edges matched, then the ends needed a bit of work, too

While the other end of these 2 boards sat on the rods in the vise, the Stanley No. 3 worked on the other ends, then flip end for end, and repeat. laid out all 4 sides..

Then set 3 of them aside for a while…..got the layout toys laid out, most of them…

Set one of the long sides in the vise…bevel set to the angle I use for dovetails..

Be sure to mark which is the waste. Marking gauge set to the thickness of the mating board, combo square is too. i use the combo square to mark pencil lines that I can see to saw…

I start with a 1/2 pin on both edges, and work towards the center…except…I off-set a hair, to make a wide dovetail about where the lid will get split off. then lower the side in the vise, wax up the saw..

That blue knife will get used later, for “knife-walls”. I lower the board to get rid of chatter while sawing, easier to start the saw cut, too… then just have a seat on the shop stool…..

And, make some sawdust….then set up a way to chop the waste out, again

Chop 1/2 way down from this face, leaving the tab for support, for when I flip the board over, and chop the rest out….I run a knife wall as a “baseline” for the chisel to start in.

I do the outside face first, to avoid any blow-outs when I chop from the inside…a little clean up, unclamp, set this on the mating corner, all sides are marked as to “inside” or no markings. Line the two insides up, mark where the pins are. Bandsaw works for me, as I can better see the cuts, and make sure I leave as much line as I can, by cutting to the waste side of the lines. The more “line” you leave, the tighter the joint will be…

A few extra cuts IN the waste, helps when I chop the waste out. That double line? Shows about where the inside or outside groove will go….fat dovetail will get split in to 2 joints. Then a dry fit..

then rinse and repeat 3 more times…

One “gap”? And it will close up during a glue up…
End of Part 1….stay tuned….things are going to get groovy….

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



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