A Project for March #6: Rebate, and some grooves

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 03-11-2021 04:26 PM 433 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Floor of the compartment sits in a rebate in front of the box..set up the Stanley 45 for that job…

Took longer to set up, than to actually do this….next…reset the 45 again.As the other 3 sides need a groove to match….longer rods, to reach over into the middle….use the just ploughed rebate to set the distance…

Set the jig up.

Plough a 1/4” wide groove…

The router plane is there, to level the bottom of the groove. had issues with the two cutters not being the same width….45’s was at 0.249”...Veritas cutter was at 0.252”....dug out an older 45 cutter, sharpened it up, measured at 0.251”....stoned the sides of the Veritas cutter to match…

Anyway..the 3 full height sides were grooved..I used a scrap of plywood to see how things lined up..

Close enough…then..more dovetails..have to connect the front of the box to the box..

So the grooves and the rebate all line up….

Again, pins first…am trying to cover the exposed groove..

Not too hateful? Needed the mallet to assemble. Then more grooves…box needs a panel on the bottom, for the drawer to slide on..

Nice when the sides are marked with a “B”, to show which edge is the bottom of the box..
Had one more corner to dovetail…

last set of pins…and then..

last set of tails…then the last corner was dry fitted..

Will have to plug that rebate notch….then a full dry fit..

Then cut 2 plywood panels…one for the bottom of the box..

And the other for the compartment’s floor…

Will be working on the drawer next….flush fit, or an Overlay front? We’ll see..

Stay tuned…

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-11-2021 05:04 PM

Groovy! I tend to cut all the dovetails first, then final-dimension the sides so the edges of the box line up (they usually do, but sometimes there’s a brain-fart involved), and then cut all the rabbets & grooves. Interesting watching how someone else does it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-11-2021 05:08 PM

Wondering when to try a glue up….before, or after I get the drawer built….be easier to size the drawer to the glued up case? need to craft a front lip for that bottom panel…..and Dovetail it in place, too…hmmmm

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-11-2021 10:39 PM

I have zero experience with putting drawers in things (so far), but I’ve got two cases that need drawers built for them, so I guess I agree with that. Build the case first, then worry about the drawer.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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