tote for tools #3: Last two sets of dovetails...

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-08-2015 09:51 PM 558 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the lower back settled down for a while…..set with a HOT heating pad on it for a day and a half. Could finally walk more than 10’ without going OUCH! Got bored sitting around, didn’t have anything to “baste” the back with while it was baking.. meandered SLOWLY down the steps to the Dungeon Shop…..stairs and my back are NOT are speaking terms to each other. Had the correct tools back from the Loft Bed Project in one hand, and a pine 1×6 in rhe other. The board came in handy as I waddled down the steps. As long as I didn’t lean over items to look at them better, no “OUCH” was heard. So, here we go with a few more dovetails..

Ok, need some toys, er…TOOLS before I start. That router bit is what I lay out the pins with. The bevel gauge finishes the lines. The correct saw is in the house..

Might be a 50s model Disston No.4? 9ppi rip saw filed. Added a swipe of candle wax along the teeth. Laid out where the remaining parts go. Trying to avoid “Ooops” and backwards dovetails….Numbers 3 and 4 labled and even which side is the “IN” side. Router bit and the stanley bevel gauge to lay out the pin board #3, and a small square to carry the lines all around.

Add an “X” to show which area is the waste of this joint, grabbed the saw.

The old saying is: “Ya bought the saw that long, use the entire blade” made short work of the cuts. Cleared the bench of a few tools, and the sawdust pile. Clamped the piece to the bench, and chopped halfway through

You know, dogpin holes are great for keeping chisels from rolling off the bench and onto the concrete floor? Cleaned the loose chips off, flipped the board over, and finished the cuts..

Looks something like this when done. Decided that since I’m on a roll here…I’d go ahead and do the other end as well…same steps, and the board winds up looking like this..

Since things were labeled as to what went where, I could lay out the tail boards. Then I used the bandsaw to cut inside the lines on the waste side. I can then pare for a fit later. Clamped down to the bench, and the chisels were at it again..

Then a test fit to show me where the pare should be done at. Test fit, cuss a bit, pare some more ( hoping I don’t go too far) and a test fit again. I then did the last tail board, and the same fiddling around for a fit. Finally I could put all four sides together….. ( hide yer eyes, Mabel, this might be ugly..)

Will need some plane work to “Spiffify” things up, but this will do for now. need to plane a couple bevels on the plank for the bottom. And hoping I can lay the next item out correctly so it will fit….all that bandsaw work

Need to drill out for a hand hold, tenons on the ends will go into shallow mortises in the ends, won’t need nails, either. Back started to get stiff, and was no longer “Happy, Happy”.....need to go up and sit on the heating pad, again. Tomorrow, I call the family quack, and see what she says about this old back. As for this tote for tools? Stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 11:58 PM

Nice job Bandit, good luck with Quack tomorrow !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 12:28 AM

Dt’s look good Bandit. Hope the doc makes quack work of your back!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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