A Paul Sellers' Box build #3: Thinned stock, dovetails, or

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-17-2020 03:23 AM 708 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Thinning the stock Part 3 of A Paul Sellers' Box build series Part 4: Feeling groovy »

How I hate doing tails first. First off, needed all the parts thinned to 1/2”...or close enough to it..

Couple needed jointed…so that they matched each other for width..

Used 2 planes…a WR #62 as a jointer, and a Millers Falls V-line smooth plane.

Sides are smoothed, width jointed, ends squared up…and one board cut into a pair of 5” long “End” pieces.
Also found a couple pieces to make the drawer back and sides out of…

Took a day off..

Today, I cleared a spot on the bench, even put a few items back where they belong…then got out some dovetail toys…

mainly for layout work..the backsaw was used, though..

And an old Witherby 1/2” chisel was put to work..

To chop out the waste. Was doing this like Sellers does..tails first…normally, I do pins first…..because I get a better fit….tails first usually winds up like this..

Kind of loose…saw was on the wrong side of the lines, or simply split the a bit better as I went along..

This is the back of the box….the front was a bit different.
Single tail. Had to make a new end piece…had a split open up….and fly off…Re-saw a new piece, and do all three openings again..

Did a dry fit…no glue yet…clamps to keep things still, for a while..

Making sure everything is squared up. remember than slab I was going to use as a base for this box?

Needed to square one end, then cut the other to length….thickness was a bit too much…reset the fence on the tablesaw, run it through to get the edges straight and parallel…then crank the blade up….set the fence to 3/4” from the blade. Ran the piece through, trying to peel the worst off….saw cannot reach the middle of a 5-1/2” wide board…ran all 4 edges through, take the blank to the bandsaw….and hack the waste off…will need to plane that area flat. And smooth the other face…set it under the dry fit..

No glue, because I need to run one more plane..
As I need a groove run around. Storage area needs a floor…

Once that is done, I can do a glue up, plane the base flat, and smooth. There is a round-over needing done to the base, as well. And then, maybe start work on that drawer?
Stay tuned..the cussing has begun….time to

Hang up the shop apron for the day…3 hours today was about it..

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

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#1 posted 01-17-2020 07:02 AM

My hat’s off to you. There’s a special place in heaven for people who can hand cut dovetails. I am not one of them.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 01-17-2020 12:56 PM

My hat s off to you. There s a special place in heaven for people who can hand cut dovetails. I am not one of them.

- Andybb

It isn’t that difficult once you get used to it.

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