Morgan's Jewelry Box #2: Half-Blind joints Pics (The Good and the Bad!)

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 05-23-2007 04:47 PM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Porter Cable Dovetail Jig Joinery Part 2 of Morgan's Jewelry Box series Part 3: Assembled Case and Installed Felt »

Here are the Half-Blind joints I was commenting on in my prior entry. Here is the first one I did. I did it without tweaking the jig.

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As you can see, there was a consistent gap. The tails didn’t quite fit in snuggly. I made a slight tweak of the depth, and got a much better result:

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As you can see, I am creating a pine prototype as I go. I still make a lot of errors as a newbie and don't want to ruin the Walnut if I can help it.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 05-23-2007 04:53 PM

You came back the 2nd time and did a lot better Jeff. Good to practice on the cheap stuff. You are most wise.

Please don’t ruin the Walnut, of the Cherry, or the Babinga….you get the picture.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 05:21 PM

Ah, the benefit of a test cut.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-24-2007 04:01 AM

Way to go newbie, let the pine take the brunt of the mistakes while you are learning. You sound like an old pro! Good work, Jeff.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-24-2007 03:45 PM

great job!! i’m impressed

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 05-24-2007 06:14 PM

I’m hoping to be able to complete the pine one without many errors, but like I said, it’s better the pine than the good stuff. I want to play with some of the colored stains (brand?) I’ve seen at Lowe’s. I normally don’t like painted furniture as much, but the colored stains look cool in that there are unlimited colors, but you still see the grain of the wood. I think they would be great stains for inlay and accents. I’m going to buy the little sample pack. It has a dozen or so tiny packets of different colors.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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