Cedar Train Table #1: Praticing Dovetails

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Blog entry by Bahremu posted 10-25-2009 01:59 AM 1247 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last year i built a simple train table for my children. It’s functional and they love it. This year my youngest son’s pre-school is soliciting donations for their annual fundraising auction. I will donate a newly made train table. This time more nicely built one.

As lots of lumberjocks have built a train table for their children and/or grandchildren, we all know it’s a flat top with an apron that provides a small lip. I’ve decided that this project will be where I learn to dovetail.

First Dovetail
Here is my first try at a hand-cut dovetail. I grabbed two scraps of dimensional lumber form the scrap box; I drew the line and started cutting.

Pin Side

Tail Side

With Promise of Trains

The joint doesn’t quite fit together perfectly. The depth of the pins is too much. The tails and pins do fit quite snugly, so af far as sawing the lines i’m ok. I think it’s a good result for a first try. I will be practicing more before the real table is made.

Figured out the Photos

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 03:47 AM

Here’s a link to Garyk’s Photo info

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 10:00 PM

Thanks Jim. I got the pictures all figured out.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 03:07 AM

Looking good so far, save this to look back on in a few weeks so you can judge improvement…...and try to practice on it daily (or as much as you can), after you do several you will feel much more comfortable doing dovetails. No need to worry about the depth of the pins and tails as you can plane/sand them even with the board after glue up. And sharpen, sharpen, sharpen your chisels.

Good luck, looking forward to seeing the next one.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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