A Project for March #5: Dovetail time

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-10-2021 05:57 PM 412 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Last sides done, things trimmed for size Part 5 of A Project for March series Part 6: Rebate, and some grooves »

First, I needed to lay out all the parts as to what goes where….

2 sides, a back, a front and a drawer front….was trying to wrap the grain around all four sides, and even the front of the drawer…right side?

Close? Left Side?

A bit better….Single Brain Cell Sketch Up Plane decided there will be through dovetails on the corners, needed to get the toys out for that sort of thing..

Things to do layouts with, a saw, and a mallet to drive a few chisels…

And a few SHARP pencils…and a sharp knife….next..need to keep track of which edge of each part goes where…and which will be the inside face…

On the theory I have to start somewhere…chose the ride side….where it meets the back gets dovetail pins…be nice that they are facing the right way…so…IN = Inside face, F = front edge of case, T = Top edge of case, and the 2 B marks? Bottom of case, Back of case….Transfer a few of these marks to the surrounding parts. Then, mark a baseline to start off with..

Which I am sure I will bruise and abuse….Sit this up in the end vise…

Bevel gauge set to a dovetail angle that looks good…and a combo square to carry the lines down to the baseline.

Can’t saw the lines just yet….board needs to drop down, until the baseline is just above the wooden jaws of the vise…sits at elbow height…when I am on this..

Where I can sit down on the job. Reason for the part so low in the vise? Vibration from the saw…makes things hard to saw to the lines…

Cutting tools….Knife to make a knife wall in a bit.

And away we go….Once the saw was done, I set up a chopping block….

I chop halfway down, leave a front porch for support. I start with the face that will show…

Then any damage from the backside is limited. Pins done. Set the pin board on the back of the case, marks should line up, making sure this is the correct edge…and “IN” faces “IN”...Holding the pin board vertical and still (used me chin) I trace around each pin…and mark a baseline. then over to the bandsaw….have a few cuts to make. I can see the cuts better, as I need to be on the waste side of the lines…and not cut the baseline…

back to the chopping block, same as before, chop halfway down. Those “extra cuts” make it easier to get the waste out…Flip the board over, and complete the chopping..

tails are done, try a dry fit?

Then repeat for the other back corner…

So..the next time in the shop?

This needs to be dovetailed in place,,,a rebate made, and a bunch of grooves ploughed..

Stay tuned…

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

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