First attempt at dovetails and tapered legs

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Project by Hondo03 posted 06-05-2019 06:26 PM 1508 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently my wife had asked for a new bedside table. I took this as an opportunity to try a few things that I have not done before (tapered legs and dovetail joints on the drawer). The bedside table itself is made from Cherry and the tapered legs came out very well. While the dovetails weren’t perfect they are tight and a good first attempt.

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 06-05-2019 08:55 PM

Great job for a first. Would have never known if you didn’t mention it.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 06-05-2019 10:13 PM

Looks like success. You have a nice table, made in a classic form, and along the route you added 2 different new skills. Nice job, a Win, Win, Win.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 12:24 AM

Great job. New techniques came out get.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 02:10 AM

Nice work on trying some new techniques. Came out great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 03:26 AM

Very nice work. I like that style table.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 04:18 AM

Keep firing it up! Every time gets better!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#7 posted 06-06-2019 05:06 AM

Both turned very well from my point of view…nice table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 06-06-2019 12:59 PM

Assume you cut them by hand? I’ve done maybe 30 by hand and never made a perfect one yet. But I enjoy the process and they wind up looking just fine.

-- Ron, Montana

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#9 posted 06-06-2019 01:04 PM

Thank you all for the kind words, humbling to put your work out there.

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#10 posted 06-06-2019 02:34 PM

Nice job.

I’m intrigued by the structural integrity of the wood rack on the wall . . .

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#11 posted 06-06-2019 04:15 PM

I have never had an issue with the lumber rack. You can’t tell from this picture but the arms are supported by both a 2×4 and triangular corner bracing. The whole thing is screwed into the studs.

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#12 posted 06-06-2019 04:20 PM

Are those dovetails in plywood? If so were they are particular issues with chipping out? A zoomed picture would be nice.

-- chemist by day, woodworker time permitting

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#13 posted 06-06-2019 04:21 PM

Nice looking table! The taper on the legs is hard to detect, at least from these pictures, could probably have been a bit more pronounced (resulting in a very delicate looking table with dainty little feet).

I’m curious why such a large overhang, if you have that much room why not make the base bigger and have a bigger drawer as a result? Also are the dovetails cut into plywood, or is that just some really strong, straight end-grain?

And now that Mammatus has pointed it out, I can’t help but question how the wood rack is joined as well? Held up by magic, I assume?

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#14 posted 06-06-2019 04:50 PM

nice job and new skils learned hard to beat and a hell of a lot of fun,congrats.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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