Finally after getting the table saw and tuning it, I’m able to get back on track with woodworking projects…
I still dont have my router table, so using the incra fence wouldn’t be possible to get the dovetails done. I read “The Bandsaw Book”, and it had a really nice Jig for making dovetails on the bandsaw with handcut look and fit, but with the automation of a machine and jig. I really liked the idea, and figured I’d use that technique.
unfortunately, using that technique requires that your bandsaw table can tilt 10 degrees right AND left, mine as it happens only tilts 5 degrees to the left… one of those things that you never really realize their importance when you are getting your first or a specific tool. I guess I can make a fixture that will create a 10 degree angle between the table/platform and blade, but I just didnt want to focus on jigs, as I was very eager to get more progress on this project. I figured, I’ll use the jig to make the tails, but the pins (which require the table to tilt both ways) I’ll cut by hand.
Another thing that I had to improvise while using the jig was that the jig calls for material of same specific thickness (all pieces are 1/2” , or 3/4… etc) and since I had hand planed all the parts to thickness, well – they are not exactly perfectly the same as each other, nor they are perfectly thicknessed across the entire part… so I had to make sure that my cuts are following the mating parts thickness (for the tails – not to cut too deep , not too shallow). other than that, the jig did help quicken the making of the tails by automating the cuts at 10 degree angles. I then proceeded to chisel the waste, and clean out the tails.
after I had the tails, I transferred the lines to the mating parts, and handcut the pins with a Japanese pull saw, and cleaned the waste with my chisels.
could look better, but for a first time, I’m extremely happy with the results. each tail and pin that I worked on I felt more and more confident with it…I can see how only more experience will help me finesse this joinery.
So I have the carcass ready. next step will be cutting some dadoes in the carcass parts (not yet glued) for the drawer divider, and drawers slides:
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