New Workbench #4: Rising Dovetails

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Blog entry by Letorix posted 10-29-2011 02:49 AM 3577 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have about 4 hours in cutting this out and I still have 1/32 or so bow in the faces. I sure hope the pride I may feel for these joints will be worth it. I’d love to hear how others would have done this quicker and more accurately. This hard maple has dulled my cheap cabinet makers rasp….man this is tough slow work!

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#1 posted 10-29-2011 07:36 PM

That is an impressive joint on a large scale.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 02:15 AM

Thanks, so far I have the leg sliding in almost 3/4 of the way. This has been very taxing trying to sneak up on a very tight fit.

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 05:08 AM

Well almost finished this one joint tonight, I definitely could use some longer chisels. I have the profile as best as I can get it. Now its just a matter of removing material from the back to accommodate the leg. I been using a long rasp to help identify the high and low spots. In one of the pictures you can see as I get to the end how important removing the material and keeping things in plane will mean to side. I definitely have the utmost respect for this joint now.

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