Cherry Box of squares #3: Dovetails and grooves

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-09-2016 07:47 PM 959 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, camera issues, and a knee acting up. Might as well sit here and blog a bit?

Laid out a few toys…

Normal stuff for doing dovetails around here. That dovetail bit? I use that to set the angles, and then the spacings. There is a Disston #4 backsaw, filed rip, a couple chisels, that Kobalt knife ( needs a new blade) a few sharp pencils.

Layouts. I set up a few boards, label the ends to match each other. Since all marks are to be on the INSIDE of the box. I also marked a “T” and a “B” and bottom. I used the router bit to lay out a few pins. I for some odd reason, work better with the pins done first. Then I set the board upright in the end vise, as low as I can. Less vibrations while sawing, easier to start the saw..

I had used a marking gauge to cut a line all around that end. I then squared a line from the end of the board down to the cut lines, front and back. Saw is a rip cut. Makes a lot of Cherry flavoured sawdust. Since these are the pins, I can also cut the outside waste off while sitting at the bench..

And use a paring chisel to clean it up. I set up some scrap on the bench, and grabbed a big clamp…time to chop out the waste…BTW, when I saw these pins, I try to split the lines.

I chop halfway down..

Flip the piece over and finish up the pins. Scrap board is to protect the bench. I then clamp the next board in that spot. I hold the pin board vertical, and as still as I can. I mark where the pins are, and how far back they go. I square and gauge a line around again. I also use one of the bevel squares to straighten the lines from the pins.

Now, I could handsaw these, but I have trouble sawing at the angle and staying to the waste side of the lines. I do have a bandsaw. I can saw a straight line with the 1/2” wide blade, and I can see exactly where I am cutting.
I bring the board back to the bench, clamp it up, and chop out the waste. Then a test fit or two…

I can use a chisel to adjust the fit. Thenon to the next corner. I do one corner at a time, mistakes don’t add up that way….hmm, getting there..

Just after this, the camera died. Took it back to the charger, and kept going…

And set this aside on the lid’s panel ( did a test for size, too)

Lid is a tad long, but I can cut it for square better. I cleared the bench off. Time for a jig to be built ( since I threw away the last one )

As each piece needed an inside groove made. Can’t get to the router table, don’t use anymore, anyway. The Stanley #45 plane has been lurking around in the shop since the last job. never tore it down and put it in it’s case.
Long rods? exchange for short ones. Cam rest, put away, not needed. Cutter? exchanged the 3/8” wide one for the 1/4” one..

I keep a plain old candle near the bench, not for light, but I rub plane soles, skates and cutters, and fence sides with it. The cutter is set to barely make a cut….and away we go..

Skates are set as close together as they will go, the cutter is just a hair wider. Depth stops to make sure I don’t plough too deep. Took a couple tries to get the cutter to work easily. It did make a few curlies..

Trying to make grooves for the box’s bottom to fit into..

Tested the line up as I went around the “block”

Not too bad? better than what I used to get with the router table, too. So, I have all four sides almost done..

So, what is next? Plane may stay set up, might need more grooves. I need to fine tune the fit of the dovetails. Might make a “file” out of a piece of scrap wood and a wrap of 100 grit paper. Oh, and once the fit is where I like it, THEN I can cut the panel for the bottom to size. Being it is the bottom, just a piece of 1/4” (5mm) Luann will do. Picked up a 2’ x2’ square earlier today. Then the knee gave up. Stay tuned, I might finish the outside of this box..someday.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-10-2016 03:50 PM

I really need to spend a day with you learning to do these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-11-2016 07:11 PM

Welcome to visit the Dungeon Shop anytime you’d care to show up. Might even provide Lunch.

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

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