Catastrophe today at the WoodRat.
I explained in the previous blog entry how I plan to use a sort of blind sliding dovetail to attach the sides of my boxes to the bottoms. The bottoms are first glued up from smaller boards since they need to be around 12” x 9”. After final dimensioning, the bottom has to be cut into two pieces so the dovetail trench can be made without the ends of the trench showing. Then I trap the box sides in the trench and glue the two bottom pieces back together. Simple huh?
The problem is I have a Triton router that uses an adapter for 1/4” bits. The bits are very hard to secure well enough in the chuck so that they don’t slide out a little bit during routing. I can usually deal with the problem by making the cuts very slowly and checking the bit depth after each cut. This time however, I forgot to check the depth and retighten the bit. Below is the result.
This one shows the two pieces a little better.
Not only did I do it once but, after I quit kicking myself for doing it the first time, I got in a hurry and did it again. So, that leaves me with two corrections to make. I’m trying to mull this ove a little before jumping into anything. I guess the obvious way is to use the router to make the holes into something I can veneer a piece of the scrap wood from the project into. I’ll have to be careful to make sure the wood movement isn’t compromised by the glue.