So, as a part of Marc S’ “Woodworkers fighting Cancer” guild build of the shaker table, I decided to treat the project as a skills builder regardless of how the end product turns out. If it gets trashed, then I’ll start again!
The drawer called for a half blind dovetail, but we were by no means bound to follow that suggestion. So, here’s my first attempt at half blind dovetails! Not great, but despite the gaps, it was still a tight fit on the first try!
I don’t own a specialty saw like a dozuki, so I had to make the saw cuts with my hacksaw (the thinist kerf I could find). I should have cut further into the waste area.
I have decent chisels however, but my technique caused me to lever some of the chips out in such a way that caused a dent in the tail board. Oops.
I figure if the table survives (I’m sure it will at this point), I’ll fill the gaps with some CA glue mixed with sawdust then sand smooth.
-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com