Working with recycled timber #39: AKs ToolMakers Chest Tweeking the joints Pt 4

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-05-2015 07:29 AM 1500 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We left off the Chest yesterday after making the 6×30mm Drawers and me being unhappy with the results.

Well today I revisited the joints and the mess I had made of them. Rather than scrap the lot and do finger joints I opted to attempt a workable repair.

This took quite a lot of self encouragement as I didnt think it was at all achieavable however I was wrong.

How I did it:-
1 I examined all the six drawers and the missmatched sections and marked the sections of material needing removal to effect a level fitup.
2. I used a sacrificial off cut first up to perfect the procedure and to re set the Gifkins jig and recut the piece to fit the missmatched pins at the new setting.
3. Fitted it up and found that I could again remove more material to better correct the missmatch.
4. I did this and produced an acceptable result abeit the joints were now much looser.
5. Then set to work on the individual pieces needing rework.

Here are the inital raw results

The A sides.

The B sides.

The C sides.

and finally the D sides.

I was happy with the preliminary work and continued on finishing all the drawers..

A reasonable raw result was obtained.

So it was off for a lunch break pleased with the results.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 09:06 AM

Well done Robert. There is a way to tighten up those loose dovetail joints, but easiest if they were left protruding a little. here is a blog about it. It might not work on this project, but good for future reference. I always leave my dovetails a little proud of the surface for just that reason. If you try it on these drawers I suggest that instead of using a ballpeen hammer, it would be best to use a rod with a smaller rounded end that you can strike with your hammer so you don’t hit the surrounding sides.

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 07:17 PM

... one step at a time…

Good job!

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