Dovetails in construction lumber

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Project by Babieca posted 12-23-2015 07:43 PM 1553 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two projects were both exercises in dovetailing that I decided to undertake using cheap SYP from the big blue box.

The Shaker stool is the same one that Norm, Tommy Mac, and everyone else have made. I got my plans from Time Life’s shaker furniture book. My wife painted it green, which the shakers probably would have been cool with. Now the kid can wash his hands and brush his teeth. Hooray!

The shoe bench is my own design. It’s beefy and functional, but that’s about all I can say about it. Unfortunately I didn’t sticker the wood long enough after planing it down and the sides have cupped, leaving an ugly gap where the shelves meet the sides. Lesson learned.

My dovetails are getting better. I need to work on keeping my chisels super sharp, especially for this yellow pine.

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 02:36 AM

Both very nice. I like the beefy look of the shoe bench, and the bold dovetails.

Sometimes that #2 and better stuff gives a pretty good surprise!

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 03:24 AM

I really like you shoe bench. Can you please tell me the dimensions?

-- Lefty

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 03:09 PM

I really like you shoe bench. Can you please tell me the dimensions?

- LeftyBayside

Glad you like it. It’s 11 deep x 36 long x 18 high. Final thickness on the parts is close to 1 inch.

If I had to do it again, I would do two things differently.

1. Skip the stretchers in the back. It’s way overbuilt.
2. Let the construction lumber dry a lot longer. The sides have cupped and opened up some pretty ugly gaps where the shelves attach.

Let me know if you end up making one.

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