Well, back is giving me fits tonight. I tried to get at least one corner test fitted. Soooo, here we go..
had the lines all marked out, but needed a decent saw to cut the pins for the dovetails…..had a panel saw, 10 ppi, seemed to be sharp. tried it out, just splitting some lines..
Saw isn’t all that big, maybe 20” or less. Came from a hardware company up in Cleveland,OH. Seemed to do a decent enough job..
Well, after all the lines were sawn….I clamped the board onto the bench. Had a few chisels handy, and a mallet.
Apparently, the “trick” is to chop down just halfway. Then flip the board over, and chop the rest of the way through. About like doing a through mortise. Goes fairly quickly, too. And you wind up with something that looks like this..
These are the “pins”, and I use them to layout the “tails” on the other board in this corner..
It is a good idea to mark which is the waste and which will stay put. While I could have handsawn these lines, I wanted to at least stay on the waste side. So, I fired up the Texas Bandsaw, and made a few cuts. Had to clear a little extra room on the benchtop, as the side board is a bit long. Same routine with the chisels, though..
Just pick a face, and chop halfway through. Couple hits right on the line, and a couple to clear the chips out. Flip the board over, and chop some more, until it looks about like this..
Now, IF all is according to Hoyle, and not Murphy….a test fit can be done, just to see where I need to trim things to fit better..
Ah…yeah, it will need a bit of fine tuning. One corner is about done…..my back is calling it quits for tonight, so, time to close up til tomorrow, back allowing. Stay tuned, three more corners to do…..still haven’t any cussing going on…yet.
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