Tap & Die Box build #3: Dovetails...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 09-22-2020 12:33 AM 490 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making through dovetails in 1/2” thick stock…

Needed a marking gauge, set to the thickness of the stock….lets me know how far down to saw. Stand the board up in the vise..

A bevel gauge set to the angle I wanted. Start on the edges with a 1/2 pin. Then work my way to the center…Next, a small combo square to mark the vertical saw lines…..have a spotlight on, so I can see what I’m doing. Then “drop the board down…

Pick your saw…I used both. Helps IF I have a bit of stock in the other side of the vise..

To “save” the top of the bench from getting chopped up with a chisel….a scrap of Pine is laid down first, the the Pin board on top of the Pine. and clamped down…

Then chop halfway down on the show side, leaving a small porch for support..

Then, flip the board over, and remove the rest of the waste…leaving the pins..

Unclamp, and stand this pin board up unto the Tail board..making sure the pins are facing the correct direction..

A sharp pencil to trace around the pins…

Should look like this. Knife a line with a square across….to stop the cuts, and chisels….then over to the bandsaw…

Make a bunch of cuts, staying on the waste side of the lines…the more of the lines you leave, the tighter the fit will be…why so many cuts? Just makes it easier to chop them out. Same as the pins, halfway from the show side, flip over, and finish the chops..

All set for a test fit?

I think I can live with that. 1 done, 3 to go…
I had to transfer the spacings over to the other ends…so

Be sure to mark which is the waste side. “X” marks the spot? then just repeat all the above….until..

All four corners are done…check to make sure the “racks” will fit..

They were a hair tight, WR #62 skimed a 1/16” off the ends…then they fit.

Set this mess aside….and got out another box..

“Some assembly required”....set it up with the short rods, the #12 (1/4”) cutter, and the fence a 1/4” from the groove….

Ok, all set? Needed to make a jig, to hold the sides still long enough to plough a 1/4” x 1/4” groove…so..

Then plough away…

Not too bad, for going against the grain….a bit of candle wax helps….about now, Sunday’s 3 hour tour was done, Pizza for supper…too sore to continue…..will get the other 3 grooves done Tuesday….

Stay tuned…

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