Continuing the Lesson’s Learned Theme:
I used mitered joints for my Mom’s jewelry box that I completed last weekend. Moving on to my wife’s box, I decided to up the level of the craftsmanship and use half-blind dovetails to join the box sides. I went to my PC Dovetail jig to do this. I have very limited time logged with this jig, so I had to refer to the manual for setup as it has been a while. Here are a couple things that I would have liked to have known prior to the process:
~I got lucky in that I trimmed the thickness of the board to 1/2”. This is the minimum width the the jig can cut half-blinds.
~Placing a piece of scrap stock that is same width as the piece next to to the piece will eliminate chip out on the final pin/tail cut.
~Labeling all 4 sides helps keep the cuts organized.
~The side facing the jig is the outside of the assembled joint.
~It’s much easier to err to the side of a too tight joint and lightly sand it, then it is to have a joint that is too loose and try to fill it with wood filler.
-- Jeff, South Carolina