When I left off I had completed the first of four for this box.
I thought I would share a little more on the process of the mitered dovetails and update the progress on this project.
Something I have learned about dovetails in general is to clearly mark the waste sections to be cut away. It only takes a few seconds and really makes the difference when clearing the waste. I can’t tell you how many times I have cut on the wrong side of the line. Marking them clearly is the answer.
Additional tips for successful dovetails.
A sharp true saw is a must.
Sharp chisels with a really flat back are an absolute must. Take the time to strop often and don’t resist going back to the stone for a touch up.
Be aware of the hardness and grain properties of your wood. Poplar tools really easily compared to this plum which is very hard, brittle, and wears the tools much faster.
On the mitered dovetails DON’T cut all the way through like a standard dovetail cut on the waste side of the line at a 45 degree angle.
With the cuts complete you can resume excavating and paring the joints as described in the previous blog entry.
With all four dovetails cut I found I had to re-size the top and bottom panels. Nothing a few minutes on a shoot board could not handle.
The reddish curlies are from the plum top panel, the lighter curlies are from the poplar bottom. You can see the top panel in this photo.
Another tip. Leave any precise router table setups in place until you know the project is complete or you no longer need it. I had to re route the grooves on the trimmed side of the top and had to reshape the raised bottom panel. I used the very same router setup to cut the rebate on the bottom panel. Having the setup in place saved me a ton of time.
Now all of the joints are cut, and I’m dry fitting.
Sides, Back Top and Bottom are complete. I need to finish dry fitting the front (It’s still a little too tight)
I need to patch these joints as they aren’t as precise as I would have liked. Each one gets better though.
Once that is done, I can do the initial finishing (Finish the inside pieces BEFORE glue up!) and then proceed to glue up.
-- - Terry