Double Dovetail Box #4: Cutting The Remaining Dovetails

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Blog entry by Don posted 01-26-2010 03:23 PM 4196 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Attaching the Corners Part 4 of Double Dovetail Box series Part 5: Assembling the box and Starting the top »

I didn’t quite get the box assembled on Sunday but I was close.

Next step after gluing the corners is to cut the remaining half blind dovetail joints. I thought I was going to have to do a second setup on my jig to cut these like I had to on my Spalted Mango Box but I didn’t. On this box I’m reversing the joints end for end rather than doing a mirror image. Half blind dovetails are actually always reversed end for end like this when cut on an Omnijig and probobly on most other jigs too. It’s just not usually apparant becuase they are usually cut symmetrical.

After cutting the dovetails I cut a groove on the inside of all 4 pieces to hold the bottom. For the bottom I resawed a piece of solid Canary wood to match the rest of the box. Plywood would have worked fine also but I much prefer solid woods.

Anyways, here’s the pieces all ready to sand and assemble plus a shot of the corner of the box dry fitted together:



After dry fitting the complete box to make sure everything fit correctly, I sanded all the interioir sides and finished with a couple coats of shellac to seal it and prevent glue spots on the interior of the box. Next weekend I’ll be assembling the box and beginning work on the feet and top.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 04:52 PM

I wish I could get my dovetails to come out that good. I hacve tried a couple of times to use my Porter cable Jig and to no luck or the lack of my skill to follow directions they came out horible and to loose. Guess I just need to take more time and not get fristrated. Yours look great however and this is a really nice tutorial. Thanks for everything.

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 07:52 AM

Thanks Chuck. Have you got the same Omnijigthat I have? The one that costs $599? It is difficult to get things set right sometimes because there are so many things that can be set wrong. Feel free to ping me with questions, I’m happy to help out if I can. There are a lot of things about it that are not explained in the manual that I’ve managed to learn.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 08:27 AM

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 08:30 AM

Thanks a lot Don. very cool blog so very well done.


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