Well I started the join today for the Entry Way Table I have started, Dont think I am going to make it for the Fair this year but there is always next year and hopefullly I will mave more entries.
This is my first attempt at this type of join, I have practiced a Dove Tail joint only a few times, I really don’t think I am all that good at it as matter of fact I think I totally stink at it. Which leads me to Challenge myself and of Course I have to pick one of the most complicated type of joins. One of the Lessons I have learned so far is to try your best not to block plane past the edge, What a pain in the Butt that is! I keep thinking, oh I might actually do it and not have chip out! Hence the Jig I had made to rectify that and it does help alot, that and a good sharp blade at the right Depth, I keep it just ever so tiny, I know I could probably go a little deeper, but I don’t want to, I want to be as careful as possible.
So I Sawed the edge to cut the pins first, I have see it done with a Rabbet planer before but for the life of me I cant figure out how to avoid what I call splintering? it’s when you run the rabbet plane thru and it cuts one side but not the other, any Ideas on what I shoud do? I will ask this in a forum too.
Then I cut the pins, not a pretty site! yikes. I am using a small japanese saw, but the problem with is that it is way to flexible and hangs on the push stroke. I think I am going to try a regular Dovetail saw with this and see how it works.
After that I chisel and pare the waste. here is one side completed.
I started the tails and I am about 1/2 way thru, I screwed it up the first time, I hope this table doesnt get to short! LOL. Anyway that is what I have so far. til next time.
-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska