Hand Tools doings #2: 2nd stab at hand cut box joint - a touch better

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-05-2008 05:27 AM 6489 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Hand cut box joint Part 2 of Hand Tools doings series Part 3: My first dovetails - warning - kind of ugly »

I tried the box joint again. I must say I did better this time. Blake was right – hand cutting you can’t really stack two boards together (staggered) without gaps from the saw kerf. So these are cut one board at a time. I still don’t have square boards so that is part of the gap issue. Tomorrow I might venture out to the shop to do a few quick cuts to get some square stock.

Anyway, I thought I did ok on these – I could spend some time doing a little paring and I think the joint would be almost acceptable.


You can see on this shot that I’m also playing with hand cut dados. This one is a definite “not good.” But I’m working on it.



If nothing else, I’m passing time and learning how to cut straight!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 07:51 AM

Looks like you need to cut them a little deeper when you clean them up and they would look great.

Just takes time and practice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 12:23 PM


A definite improvement from your first one. Practice is paying dividends I see. Keep at it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-06-2008 03:36 PM

Like Gary said, take a little out of the bottom and you got a good looking joint. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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