Tool Cabinets #4: Dovetails chamfered and extended

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Blog entry by glideking posted 11-16-2017 11:57 PM 1857 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a microscopic study in Sketchup of what it might look like if I extend and chamfer the dovetails on the cabinet. I made a lot of mistakes before getting it right. Glad it was only pixels not my lumber.

Why are we so proud of the mess we make when the work was done with hand tools but not machines. #6 and #8 Stanleys on the table. I “sprung” the joints with a few shavings from the #6 before using the T&G plane.
All the big slabs are glued up for the deepest cabinet. I have never attempted hand cut dovetails on a box this size 19”. It may be the last time you hear from me.

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#1 posted 11-18-2017 05:31 AM

Stanley 386 jointer gauge hanging from a #8 makes for some vintage precision. Gotta have everything square to layout dovetails.

#95 squaring up the end grain.

#289 doing what it does best cross grain. I did this to help with straightening out the extra wide boards for transferring knife marks.

Cut the waste out with a fret saw.

Used masking tape to make the transfer marks easier to see.

First corner done. It took some time but it was time well spent.

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