This is where I left off last time:
Chopping the tails
I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest:
First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil)
After chopping the tails:
The two sides of my case:
Transferring the tails to the pins
I had a little bit of a dilemma trying to figure out how to transfer the lines from the tailboards to the pins. Finally I devised a way to hang the side piece from the ceiling with string so the tails would rest on the edge of the top piece, which was secured in my vice.
With a little creative clamping I was able to secure it until I could transfer the lines with a marking knife. This photo was taken by holding the camera against the ceiling.
Cutting the pins
Then I used my saw and guide to cut the pins in the end of the six-foot top piece while standing on my shop stool (I know, this is the wrong photo)
The coping saw was getting a little tedious on this very hard Jatoba so I used my scroll saw to hog out some of the waist… (perhaps the biggest board a scroll saw has ever seen?)
Chopping the pins
And then chopped the pins on my bench:
Fitting and dressing the dovetails
I swear this is the first time I’ve done this (it was a perfect fit).
A little clean-up with my Stanley No. 62 to smooth out the joint:
I still need to cut the pins and fit the joint on the other side of the case.
Total building time so far: 18 hours.
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