Tool Cabinets #6: tapered sliding dovetails

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Blog entry by glideking posted 11-24-2017 06:15 AM 1447 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my new favorite tool for now. Stanley #39 dado plane. Those cross grain shavings peel out and roll away. It cuts a very smooth dado indeed. None of the tearout I get with a table saw or router. I cut all of the slots for the block plane gallery and the four bottom drawer dividers.

The tapered sliding dovetailed shelves really lock everything together. What a joy it is to be doing something in solid wood for a change. I am so tired of plywood and MDF.

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#1 posted 11-25-2017 06:06 AM

Block plane gallery is taking shape.

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#2 posted 11-25-2017 07:06 PM

That’s might fine work, Glideking. Makes me want a #39 plane too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 11-26-2017 05:34 AM

You can’t have just one #39. You have to have them all!

Made the dividers cross grain to move with the rest of the cabinet. While thicknessing dividers I noticed the dados from the #39 were very consistent.

One drawback of using hide glue is having to wait overnight to take the clamps off. Next up flushing up all those joints.

I thought briefly about tiny tapered sliding dovetails for the dividers too but shook off the urge. At least they are not plywood.

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#4 posted 12-01-2017 03:34 AM

please forgive me for being confused but is that a picture of dados in ply wood made with a hand plane? because if so that is an amazing finish quality of cut. are they dovetails? is there a special blade? that is very impressive.

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#5 posted 12-01-2017 04:30 AM

No special blade. These tools are common. This is all done in solid wood with hand tools. The wood is alder that would have been firewood had I not saved it. I had it milled with a portable bandsaw mill and air dried for many years. Not a single piece of sandpaper will be used. I plan on using as much of my hand tool collection as I can for this tool cabinet will bear them. The Stanley #39 does make a very clean cut even in plywood. I will never cut a fuzzy dado with a router or table saw again. One of my rusty and abused #39 took a day to get running well while another was like new and worked right away with sharpening. Yes they are pricy but still less than a good dado stack. The small joints are square bottom dados and the larger ones are tapered sliding dovetails. They are not hard to do. Many Youtube videos show how. I hand carved the faces for texture. Thanks for asking.

Tool gloat. My row of #39s.

The design is updated in Sketchup with the bottom of the inner doors creating an elliptical arch to go with the block plane gallery curve for no reticular reason other than to have a recurring architectural motif.

Photo of the back of the block plane gallery before flushing up.

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