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A Project for August, Tool Chest #3: Sliding dovetails? Rebates? Webframe?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-02-2021 02:03 PM 618 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Panels flattened, web-frames started, is it August yet? Part 3 of A Project for August, Tool Chest series Part 4: Needed a router table? »

Ok…plan for shoptime….Thin the top and bottom parts from 7/8” to 3/4”.....did not go well…..got the two for the top compartment,,barely…..will need to plane off the burn marks. Decided not to do the parts for the bottom web frame..

Set both aside for a little while…have layout work to do..

Laying out for sockets to house sliding dovetails in…need 4 per side….goal is to run a guided router across…need to mark where the bit’s shaft will be going, AND how far away from the edge of the router’s base….”Rip Fence” from the tablesaw has a few other uses, besides guiding circular saws….

Again, clamp it across the panel, making sure it is square to the edge of the panel….set the depth of the router bit, and just run it through…

1/2” dovetail bit, 1/4” shank….1st socket was..decent…shift things over for socket #2…get about 2/3s of the way across…

SNAP! Grrrrr, 1/2hour round trip to Lowes to buy a new bit, and back…..making sure it does match the other bit’s size…

Amazing what a brand new, SHARP bit can do….was getting a bit cramped to clamp the fence in place, so..rotate..

And mill sockets #3,and #4…..switch over to mill the other side panel….checked the alignment and found #3 was “off” about a 1/4”.....Got that fixed enough to route…will fine tune later….and run all four sockets, without any more issues…..

They will be close…need a little fine tuning is all…..can adjust the fence a hair, and skim a sliver off…just means a fatter dovetail, is all..

Need a rebate/dado to house the bottom web frame….fence back on the tablesaw…make a few cuts..

Have these two remove the bulk of the waste…then a plane to clean things up..

Could have used the Wards #78….this was a tad easier….check the fit, and how level the “floor” is….
Also, needed a rebate down the back edge of the side panels….to house the 1/4” plywood back…2 cuts per on the tablesaw…then the usual suspects to clean things up..

Scrap of plywood is too check the fit..

Goal being to hide the dovetail sockets….

While the rip fence was still handy…..lowered the blade a bit…and ran the web frame parts through, trying for a groove right down the center….need to house these scraps..

Which are then trimmed to fit, lengthwise….then the real “fun” can begin…..stiles get a notch to house the rails, then a pilot hole and a counter bore drill on the ends….Glue, screws, clamps and cauls….herding cats is easier..

Letting this sit a day….need to dig out my router table ( YES, I do have one..) set it up to mill dovetails to match the sockets…..will see how today goes….Monday? Have a new dryer showing up this afternoon-ish….and, they are SUPPOSED to haul away the old one….except, I keep the cord from the old dryer, to install on the new one…as they do not come with a cord, nowadays..

Stay tuned…might get this done before Labor Day?

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