Blind Dovetails? #4: Make it into a box?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 10-31-2020 04:42 PM 751 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the whole point of this little project, was to learn HOW to make a “Double Lap Blind Dovetail Joint” or however you want to label it…

Made a few mistakes along the way….part of the process, I guess. Each corner seemed to get better as I went merrily along….

So….maybe a few grooves to house a lid panel, and a bottom panel….had other tasks for the Stanley 45 in mind, so

This old woodie will do. Was at one time part of a Tongue & Groove set of planes, another would plough the tongue, and this one would make a groove to match…hence the name “Match Planes” ....haven’t found the mate to this one…however, this one was made about..1864. I have it set up to plough a 1/4” groove, a 1/4” in from an edge…

needed to jig up, to hold each side of this box-to-be still…long enough to make a groove..

Shavings will just curl up, and then fall out the right-hand side of the plane..

Each side of the box will get 2 grooves, one for the bottom panel, and one for the lid panel…test fit…

So I can see how big, or small to make the 2 panels….once these all fit up…

Bottom and top..

A bit of glue and some clamps were needed..

8 clamps, should be enough, I think….leave this sit overnight….

next day, remove the clamps, and do a bit of clean up…

Sometimes a block plane was used, sometimes something a bit larger..

So, I’m left with this cleaned up cube, with no way to get inside?

Plan was to us this other plane..

And mill not one bead all the way around.

But 2 beads. beading cutters vs end grain does not always turn out well….then I was to use a saw to split the lid off….after that cardio workout the last time….went with the bandsaw, hopefully a nice straight line could be cut?

Note to self…USE the handsaw next time….to fix that wavy cut, took a larger plane, one that could span across at the corners….

And, by the time things were all nicely flattened down level….the bottom bead was almost gone…another lesson learned…don’t trust the bandsaw to make a straight line cut….

Now, how about a pair of hinges? needs a chisel, a scratch awl, and a tiny screwdriver

Beads were in the way of setting the hinges on the outside…I guess these will work..

Then, maybe a latch to keep the lid shut….once again…beads in the way…had to add a gouge to the tool list..

And “incise” a place for the latch to sit in…

then, thinking about what to store in this small box…hmmm, maybe another small box?

And inside of that box?

A tool kit. I guess I just made a small Tool Box?

Drat, NOW I HAVE to add a finish to this box….

May try a larger version, with something other than junky pine, and remember to handsaw the lids off?

Thanks for following along!

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 10-31-2020 05:55 PM

That’s a nice little box, and a good learning exercise, I think. And if you’re anything like me, having a mistake or two along the way means learning more from the exercise.

I tried sawing the lid off a box with may bandsaw exactly once. After that fiasco, I almost always reach for the big Veritas tenon saw in rip, which does a darn nice job, and can reach across most of the boxes I make. I may have to cut from opposite sides and meet in the middle, but I can usually reach around a corner and at least see the line I’m supposed to be sawing to. Also, I usually stick a piece of blue tape on the box to see how the proportions of lid to bottom will look, and that gives me a nice guide to saw to.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-31-2020 08:08 PM

We have ways..

George H. Bishop No. 10….worked quite well for the chisel box….will now be the “Go-To” saw for lid removals…a bit too large for dovetail work, though…

It does have it’s own depth stop…

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

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