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Sweet Chest of Drawers Build #4: Joining the sides on the top

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Blog entry by Kyle posted 11-29-2012 09:53 PM 3483 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t know if it’s a mistake or not to do it this way but, I decided to join the sides together just like I did on the sides themselves. I’m not sure this will create any kind of ultimate weakness or not but, there was enough stock in the legs to do dovetails for both of the rails.
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Here’s the first cut. Tail first…
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These look pretty good to me.
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Now to chop out some the housing for the dovetail…
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chop chop chop…
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Very snug fit on all of them.
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Here is something I wanted some insight on from the veterans here though.
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Does anyone think it’d be a good idea to slam a dowel through the dovetail and into the leg for some extra long grain on long grain action, or do I not need to worry about that?
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I’d like to avoid screws for this project unless I desperately have to. I just don’t want these rails to pull out if someone picked this heavy thing up wrong by the top.
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Will glue be strong enough or not?
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Too bad this is going to be covered up with a top.
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And here we are, the sides are now joined.
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Looks good to me so far. Now onto the bottom rails.

-- Kyle



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 10:15 PM

Looks great so far! I’m no expert, but if you’re worried about the tails pulling out I’d probably just go ahead and drill a dowel in there just so I could sleep at night. The joint is going to be covered anyway, right?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Kyle

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 10:21 PM

Thanks, Brian. It’s definitely getting covered. I’m not worried about making it look pretty, I just want it to be sturdy. That’s sort of the direction I’m leaning. It’s probably a good idea just to be safe.

-- Kyle

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bonobo

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#3 posted 12-01-2012 06:59 PM

This thing is going to be great! I’m no expert but I think a dowel down into the leg would only add a bit more glue surface at the expense of weakening the tail . In The Essential Woodworker, a carcass is built from solid sides with just a front and back rail attached with hidden dovetails. Seems like your following the standard method.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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