Tool Cabinets #5: I see dovetails when I close my eyes

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Blog entry by glideking posted 11-19-2017 05:27 PM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Dovetails chamfered and extended Part 5 of Tool Cabinets series Part 6: tapered sliding dovetails »

The Stanley #78 is a common plane for a reason. It does the job.

I needed space for the back paneling and the hanging wall cleats so I did the 1 1/2” rabbet in two 3/4” passes.

Measure twice cut 24 times.

Good lighting and masking tape for the hard of sight.

An aggressive blade on a small saw makes it more fun.

Tried to get fancy at the back to accommodate the rabbet.

It took some leverage to get it back apart.

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 01:08 PM

Those are some tight handcut dovetails. I like your approach. Usuually I just get the rubber mallet out and start whacking away until they come apart. I’ve been lucky so far and not had any pins break off. Oh and I also cheat and use the Leigh dovetail jig because my hand cutting skills are horrendous. I also noticed the G&G style on the pins and tails.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 11-20-2017 03:46 PM

Looking good and I like the masking tape idea. I just got my 3D Space Navigator in and I se what you mean – what difference!!! Thx

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 05:02 AM

I just got my 3D Space Navigator in and I se what you mean – what difference!!! Thx

- Bluenote38

Whoever thought you might need something called a “3D space navigator” to be used for woodworking.

I also noticed the G&G style on the pins and tails.

- EarlS

Probably not G&G style pins because Greene & Greene did not use dovetails but I know what you mean. Perhaps I should square peg them.

I just love using these old tools. Stanley #39 3/8 inch dado plane making the start for a tapered sliding dovetail.

Each one has it’s little chamfer planed on each edge. The last dovetail for this box was a lot faster than the first. Just as I was getting the hang of it they were done. I am looking forward to doing the dovetails on the doors and side boxes for this cabinet wall.

Ok this box is huge but I have a lot of tools that need a home. All glued up tonight. I used liquid hide glue from a bottle. Set the bottle in a cup of hot water made it less stringy to brush on. Very happy about the slow set time. Next up sliding dovetails on the other parts.

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