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A Project for August, Tool Chest #11: Thursday in the shop, a dovetail tutorial....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-13-2021 04:56 PM 795 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Drawer #4... Part 11 of A Project for August, Tool Chest series Part 12: A LAZY Friday »

Hybrid Shop….I use what will get a task done….doesn’t always involve hand tools, nor always power tools…usually a blend of the two..so…when building these drawers, I have been using both a router table and hand chopped ways..

Thursday was about a 3 hour tour…to get ONE drawer into the clamps…and another to get it’s handle installed..

Drawer #3 would like a handle, please. Laid out the locations for the 2 bolts ( in pencil) and then drilled the two holes….rather than sand away all the markings…I used the handplane….front needed smoothed a bit, anyway..
Came time to install the bolts into the handle…cordless drill? It had issues lining up to the bolts, so..

A Stanley Fat Max was used…then the drawer was slid home…

And those parts for Drawer #4 brought out..along with the router table…and a step by step of how it got used…

Fence removed from the tablesaw, and is set so the first cut lines up with the groove for the drawer bottom. Fence has a “Start” line…

And a “STOP” line…do this end first, rotate the board around, and make another cut….Then move the fence to the next location..

And repeat…until the last 2 sockets…set up for the top socket first, add a second fence to help things go along straight…do NOT want things to get squirrely here..

Then split the difference to center the last cut…moved BOTH fences…( I also brushed off all the debris between cuts)...

6 evenly spaced sockets. Next, need to mark for the tails…set up a small jig..

Clamp the drawer front in place (ain’t chasing it across the bench) under that plywood scrap, a folded sandpaper “shim” so the height will match the sockets….stand the drawer side up, and hold against the drawer front…all lined up? Make the start on a line at each location, and a mark for the soon-to-be-abused Baseline…then set the side into the vise..

Bevel square, set to the angle of the dovetail bit…extend the lines out…

Use a square to carry the line for the Baseline around all 4 sides…over to the bandsaw, make a bunch of cuts,,while TRYING to stay on the waste side of the lines…

Clamped the side to the bench..plywood to protect the bench…And..make a knife wall at the baseline…

Chop half way down…leave a little out on the end….then flip the board over..

That Lutz chisel was a great help, getting into all the tight spots…Test fit?

When you NEED a hammer to drive these home…might just be tight enough? Repeat for the other side of the drawer….test fit was..

Hmmm, forgot to square cut the back of the sockets,,,,fixed that..
Test fit the back…hmmm…

back is a hair too tall? We have our ways..

Joint it down until it do fit..then cut a plywood panel for the bottom of the drawer, and try a Dry Fit…

Hmm, not too bad? Time for the glass, brush, and glue bottle, and a forest of clamps?

Got almost as much glue on me, and the floor, as the parts did…

This time around, I used a caul over the dovetails…letting this sit a day…while I start on the fifth and last drawer..

Stay tuned…

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



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