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Monticello Lap Desk #3: The Second Class Session

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Blog entry by jcontract posted 05-13-2012 02:34 AM 1021 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back at PFW it was time to cut and assemble the drawer for the desk. That meant half-blind dovetails at the front of the drawer.

Mario imparted some wise advice. Always cut at least 2 dovetails with the same material and to the same thickness as you will use in the project. That’ll give you a good feel for the material and how it will react when you cut the real ones. Great advice.


Got to work for the first time on a Moxon vice. This thing was awesome! Allows you work to be right where you need it. File this one away for a future project. Or, this one offered by PFW is very nice.


Layout for the tails. These dovetails are really tiny. And in material 3/16” thick. I could barely see the gauge lines. This is white chalk used to snap chalk lines. It made sawing much easier.


Finished tail board for the drawer side. Not bad.


The first drawer side. I cannot believe it is me actually cutting dovetails like this. I’m slow at it, but I can’t argue with the result. I’m enjoying this!


Mario gathered up a few other drawer sides from the class. Mine is in the middle.

Didn’t get to set my drawer lock, and I find myself slipping behind the others in class. Trying not to beat myself up about it. I’ll need to catch up before the last class. That means assemble and fit the drawer, and the lock.

Wish me luck! I’m going to need it!



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