Pine tool box, Stanley Style #2: Dovetails, story of two saws

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-19-2016 12:44 AM 1033 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When you can’t find the saw you want…use the next one on the hook?

“Clearcut” brand, from a Hardware Dealer in Cleveland, OH. 10ppi, but cuts rips cut like butter? Ok. Been awhile since I had cut dovetails, and I got out of practice a bit. Wound up doing the tails first…

These aren’t THAT bad,

Once this side was done, I somehow had to mark out the pins…not the easiest for me to do. I use a pencil to mark things out. had to remember which side of them lines to saw on, then hope I can chisel them out..

Test fit..wasn’t that great..

Sooo, today I dug around, and finally found the “correct” saw to do this sort of work.

Might have been a Disston No.4 at one time. 9ppi, filed rip. Waxed up the plate and teeth, we have work to do..

Marked out for the pins this time around. Split the lines while sawing. Did some chisel work..

Once the pins were done, I stood the boaard up on the other half, and marked out for the tails. Saw was used on the waste side of each line. Actually, I used the bandsaw. It was easier to see the lines, and the blade was easier to start the cut. Then I chiseled the waste out, and gave it a test fit..

I think you can still see a few pencil lines. This one went together with a few slaps of my hand, didn’t need the mallet. The Next corner was a little different, spacing was a bit “off”..

but it went together just fine. laid out the last corner, and cut and chopped. Assembled the four sides..

And got laid out to do a couple stopped dados..

Chisels to dig out a starter hole, the backsaw to cut the sides, then

Come in from the end and chisel all the waste out. Dado is 3/4” wide, by 3/8” deep, and I THINK about 4” long?
Did both dados,marked the center divider part where I needed to cut. Test fit of the entire mess?

May need to tweak a couple spots…..but, it be getting there…set it up on it base..

Sooo, I wonder which will be the most “FUN”? Glueing this box up, or making the lids? hope I have enough clamps, and hands…don’t think I will need wedges..this time…
Next time on this blog? Glue up….just glue up. Stay tuned, the cussing is about to start..

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 12:56 AM

Lookin good Bandit, you are a machine!

-- Putty

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 09:57 PM

I agree, nice build so far!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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