Jewelry Box #3: Gappy like your gran pappy's teeth after 80 years of sweets.

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 02-22-2009 11:44 PM 1015 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Of course, some of the dovetails looked straight out of a book.

Some did not.

Most were average.

But there is hope! Tails are so very fixable.

First, you cut a nice clean kerf with your dovetail saw. This makes the gap a uniform size.

You shave off some nice thin and thick slivers and prepare some wedges. Slather glue liberally. I’m talking Democrat with a bailout plan style of liberal. Push/jam/pound wedges in (but don’t break em.)

Oh ho ho. Where are those gaps now, buddy?

I went ahead and forgot the process of routing out a slot to hold the top and bottom panels. Doh.

If it helps, here’s a pretty bandsaw resaw picture. I still use my cheesy old wooden resaw fence. Still trying to get the stock fence right. (Rikon 10-325, awesome bandsaw.)

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 12:40 AM

Nice technique for fixing the loose joints. Thanks for the tip.
I don’t have enough glue in my shop to Slather it on that liberally though.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 03:50 AM

… liberally. I’m talking Democrat with a bailout plan style of liberal.

Ohhh, boy! I’ll just remind you that the first round – some $750 billion – was put in place by George W. Maybe that should be:

… generously. I’m talking Republican leaving Washington without any plan at all generous!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 08:45 PM

Very cool. Wow, that really came out great. You can’t see the gaps at all. Nobody every talks about how to fix dovetails like that. Everybody just talks about how to make a PERFECT dovetail. Well, as you pointed out, things aren’t always perfect. And ADAPTATION is an even more important woodworking skill than PERFECTION.

-- Happy woodworking!

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