Dutch Tool Chest #3: construction begins (dovetail sides to bottom)

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 03-11-2015 02:04 PM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: setup and a beginning Part 3 of Dutch Tool Chest series Part 4: dados and main carcass assembly »

It started with me cutting my sides, bottom, and shelves/dividers to rough length with my xcut D8 on sawbench, then cleaning/squaring up the ends with my Stanley #4 1/2 and the sides with my #5 1/2 and #8.

I then ganged sides up in my moxon and go in house and refresh my memory on layout with Megan Fitzpatricks youtube video .

I then proceed to mark out my tails and to cut them. I ran into some trouble, what little practice i had with cutting some dovetails was with completely seasoned, dry wood. This poplar was still fairly wet, saw kept binding in the cut even my thin bladed eastern saws did the same. I tried for some time to force the issue but it was futile, so i went in the house and slept on the matter. Next morning i woke up, with an idea, wax the saw plate. 30 minutes later i had my tails cut. Live and Learn right?

time to do some chopping and paring…

test fit, little too tight, need more paring. Remarked with knife to make sure i didn’t go to far

didnt get pics at dry fit but here is one after glueup and running blockplane across them

after watching a few short videos of people building this in classes, i think i went overboard on the number of tails/pins, but is probably better that i did this many dovetails are now demystified for me..

begin layout of dados for shelves..

rest in next episode…

thanks again!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 05:37 PM

Damned solid dovetails, Tug! I mean seriously, it looks great! Keep trucking, loving the series.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 07:18 PM

Hell yea Tug. A mighty fine set of tails there. Id say that I instilled a bit of voodoo dovetail magic in that Tyzack but we all know better, youre a much better operator than I.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 08:28 PM

thanks fellas blush they aint perfect but I am pretty pleased with the results considering that other than my 1 practice piece and the saw bench, these are my first gang of dovetails.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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