dovetail square

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Blog entry by daydrik posted 10-19-2011 07:28 PM 1355 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

One day I was needing a dovetail square, so I could just lay out my dovetails in the vise and then start cutting. At the moment I have to have the bourd stick out of the vise to high or take it out completely, so I decided to make one. All the squares i have are 6” or longer. I stared out by sawing and planing the handle square and to a half inch thick. Then I cut an 1/8” notch into the top of the handle for the blade to sit in. I then cutout and squared the blade. After that I glued it up (making sure the blade is square to the handle) and let it sit overnight.
The next day I put some stain (red mahogany) on it and let that sit overnight. Today I will put the finish on it, some screws in the handle to make sure the blade doesn’t move and then start using it.
I’m making a till with drawers on it for my carpenters trunk and needed the smaller square for the dovetailed drawers.

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 08:09 PM

Rule #2 here on LJ… “No pics… it never happened.”. Just kidding. Pics of your steps would be helpful to other folks though.

I think you’ll be happy with your new squares. I made a couple a while back and they REALLY come in handy for DT’s. Unless you really like the screws, the glue should be just fine by itself. Oh, and welcome to LJ.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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