Keepsake Box with rounded sides #2: Tails first?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-24-2022 03:07 PM 535 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Back story Part 2 of Keepsake Box with rounded sides series Part 3: Matching pins »

Strange as that might seem, as I normally cut pins first. But, to make this come out right, I need to do tails first..

Need a few boards cut to size, first. Layout the cross cuts…

Bad end, large square to lay out a few cuts, then over to the “Mitersaw”

Instead of cutting right on the end of that 4’ long plank, I came back 12” and made a cut…easier to hold things still..Then came back and cut the bad end off..

Goal was to get two sides at 12” long, and 2 ends at 6” long…

There was a problem, though….these are 5-1/2” wide/tall….plan calls for 4” tall ones…hmmm. Set up the rip fence…

First cut was a tad wide, on purpose..

Run all 4 boards through, then joint that edge…

Then reset the fence to exactly 4” width, then run the jointed edges against the fence…Ready for some joinery work.

According to both this plan, and his video….first off will be a rebate on each end of the 2 end pieces. 3/16” deep, by 1/2” wide ( thickness of the boards I am using…Paul uses 9/16”) Lay out and knife a few lines, Set up the Stanley No. 71-1/2 to 3/16” depth, and mark the end grain. It also marked a stop line out on the edges….

So I know where to stop this cut. Then back to the bench vise…

And a wide chisel to pop most of the waste off. Paul wants a “Planed” look, so..

Work towards the center from both edges….one done..repeat 3 more times…

On the plans, it calls out the spacings of the tails….first I nned to know which edge is “Top” or Bottom, and mark that on the inside face…then lay out a few lines

Checking against the plan….good idea to keep the plan nearby…to make sure I’m cut these right..

These cuts do not go all the way down…as there is a curve/angled Baseline to stop at. Paul used a 11mm:1mm angle..I used the MK2 Eyeball….either way, a sliding bevel square was used…and also to mark the tails cut lines…

I’ll get to them grooves later…once the saw was done with these cuts…chisels to remove the waste, until..

The little 1/2 Pin was sawn off..

One done? Great, now repeat for the other 3 ends…

About this time, back was getting sore between the shoulder blades, and the back of the right knee was complaining…looked at the bench..

And decided it was quitting time. About 3 hours IN the shop…was just about enough fun for one day, besides, there was a cold Guinness Draught Stout waiting in the fridge..

Maybe Monday..if we are still snowed in, I might open the shop, and try my hand at those matching pins..

As I’ll use these tail to lay out the curved parts. Outsides of the box are hand planed to that rounded shape, the dovetails have to match for a better look.

Stay tuned…

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2022 01:49 AM

Not sure how that title got changed..have edited it to where this Part 2 belongs. Getting ready to write up Part 3…shortly…stay tuned…

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

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