Medal Chest #5: Fitting It All Together

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Blog entry by RaggedKerf posted 04-22-2013 10:57 AM 802 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Note to my readers—-this is the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times.  It has consumed my shop time since February.  That’s why it’s been so slow on the blog for the last few months.  Now that it has been delivered, I can post the details.

I spent today doing the tedious work of smoothing out all the dovetails.  I used the 1” chisel, mallet, and the new Moxon mini-bench to make all the dovetails as tight as I could get them.  There are still plenty of gaps but they weren’t nearly as obvious or heinous as they were before today.  I’d say the mini-bench is a success!  And my back doesn’t hurt either!  The remaining gaps are just chalked up to inexperience, but overall, I’m pleased with the way it’s coming together.IMAG2856

The box is strong as hell without glue and I can’t make any corner wobble.  This thing should be plenty solid to hold a bunch of medals.

I have noticed that somehow I didn’t cut all the dovetails perfect which means the box itself has a little twist to it (all four corners do not touch a flat surface at the same time, only 2 do).  That’s fine, because the maple sides are about 1/8” too tall for the walnut sides.  I noticed when I bought the wood.  So my plan is to use the plane to bring the maple in line with the walnut and in the process make a nice level box.IMAG2854

So…I got everything all set up to sharpen my planes and figured I’d do the chisels as well (I bought a new 1/8” chisel and a new plane blade).  That’s when I realized I was out of time for today.

So tomorrow, it’s sharpening and honing to get some mirror finishes, then I can start on slicing and dicing.

Perhaps I’ll attach the bottom first…decisions decisions.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 11:47 AM

Nice looking project! Making tails is always a fun challenge, yours are looking good. I sure need to get my practice going again…lol.

Take care,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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