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Tool Cabinet Build #7: Refocusing, Reorganizing and Sliding Dovetails..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 306 days ago 1085 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I realized yesterday morning that I was getting way ahead of myself trying to make the saw till with the door guides before the case was assembled. I need to know the exact dimensions of the space it will occupy before I build it *doh!

So I got re-organized and turned my focus on prepping the panels for assembly. First thing on that list was to knock out the grooves for the sliding dovetailed drawer cubbies.

I asked my helper if he wanted to help me out but he was busy chilling on the couch..

So it was up to me to figure these out ;-)

I had originally planned to make a dovetail stair saw for this and will probably still make one (plus a stair saw) but I was in the mood to get these done so I made a fence with an angle cut in the face in the mean time.

I laid out my lines and knifed the cut line then back cut it with a chisel to get a good kerf for the saw to follow across the 2 faces. Set up the fence and going reeeeeaaaallly slowly at first to establish the cut I used my D8 to cut the line on both sides.

Then I used a chisel to remove as much waste as I could reach with it on both ends to establish the depth.

Then I sharpened up my new router plane and removed the rest of it. This guy worked great! One problem though was my blade holder. I should have known this would happen because I didn’t wrap the brass around the back corner but I was hoping for the best and I was wrong lol. The wood snapped upon first use so I will have to rebuild that.

Luckily I had a blade holder from a #71 that I used as a template for this one that fit nicely and got the job done.

She makes nice curlies!

Then I repeated the process on the second groove and by the end of the day I had 2 dovetailed grooves ready for their respective shelves which I will wait to make till the case is assembled for the same reasons as the saw till.

Now I am goignt o head to the orange store to brainstorm material for the dividing wall. Once that is decided on I can gut the dado for it and get to dovetailing the case together.

Stay tuned!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



8 comments so far

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CL810

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#1 posted 306 days ago

Prime Time work going on here – major galoot points!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 306 days ago

I have to get used to seeing you work on that great bench. I forget its an Airframer post. :-)

Great work there Eric. Look forward to seeing how you cut the mating pieces.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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AnthonyReed

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#3 posted 306 days ago

Impressive job AF. Really looking forward to seeing you fashion the shelves that will complete the sliding dovetails.

I’m enjoying following along with the build, thank you for taking the time to share it.

-- ~Tony

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kaerlighedsbamsen

435 posts in 313 days


#4 posted 306 days ago

Have read through your build sofar and look froward to see how it ends. Thansk for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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yuridichesky

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#5 posted 305 days ago

High-level accuracy, very impressive.

Memo to self: build a router plane urgently.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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terryR

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#6 posted 305 days ago

Awesome sliding dovetail, Eric! A very unique approach…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Don W

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#7 posted 305 days ago

I like the contrast of the blade holder from the #71.

A hand cut sliding dove tail using hand made tools. Bravo!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Homebrew

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#8 posted 302 days ago

Great work so far. I’m gonna have to keep my eye on this one as I am building mine right now as well, actually just getting ready to cut the dovetails for the case.

Wondering about drawers though…I have stuff to put in the drawers, but mine would be like 5 inches deep max and the fit of them is what has me apprehensive about them.

Are you adding drawers in your cabinet?

-- Scott Rieman

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