Seven drawers that I decided to cut through dovetails instead of using a drawer lock router bit. One drawers in this tool cabinet is 7 1/8 inch tall. The rest come in pairs with the following dept or heights: 5 inches, 4 inches and lastly 3 inches. They are all 17 3/4 inches long and 14 inches wide. The image below shows the set of two drawer boxes that are 3 inches tall. The rest of the drawer parts are stacked next to these boxes. I will be resawing the 8/4 rough sawn sapele plank th...
I have spent several hours attempting to cut dovetails on my table saw. I have been using spare milled lumber milled to the same dimensions of my 3 inch tall drawer parts. Cutting the side board dovetails was straight forward. The process was okay. I tilted my saw blade to 8 degrees based on my Wixey digital angle gauge. This angle will be used to cut the dovetails in the side boards. Eight degrees will also be used to angle the fence that will be used to cut the pins in the front and bac...
Hey Guys, A co-worker of mine asked me to build an art desk for his daughter for Christmas. He gave me a general idea of what she wanted, and let me go on my merry way to creating the piece shown in this video. The Joinery it features is Hand cut DovetailsMortise and Tenon joineryThrough TenonsStopped DadosDowels So please check out this video and leave me some comments here on what you liked or disliked about the table or the video so that I can improve. Looking forward to all th...
I am currently working on a project that has really pushed me. I am cuttting all of the joinery by hand and the dovetails are at 86/94 degree bevels instead of 90. This particular joint was the 5th of 6 and while starting to test fit it, i realized it was going to go together without modifying it. As far as woodworking goes it is about the best feeling in the world!! https://youtu.be/H-5m5G0rwoc
I just invented and got patent pending status on a new type of magnetic dovetail jig. Check it out and let me know what you think. Cheers! https://youtu.be/X1egRKnOiHg
Early on in my career, when I took an interest in building furniture, I took a good look at antiques to get an idea of how furniture was constructed. One of the biggest surprises to me, was to find that it was not uncommon to see dovetail joinery and box joints falling apart. This really surprised me until I came to understand the reasons why. Through my study and observation of antique furniture, I also came up with a simple, yet ingenious solution to lock the dovetails and box joints ...
I wiped on two coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal yesterday. That certainly went easier for me than the amber Shellac did when I tried to brush it on this wormy maple. These coats of sanding sealer look good. I am warming up my shop so I can wipe on two or more coats today. Then I will probably spray on either clear Shellac from a can or a Spar Polyurethane to protect this blanket chest’s finish. I took a close-shot of the chest’s dovetails, and also its plinth. I do l...
I hand planed and sanded the lid that came out of the clamps this morning. I also sanded the base or plinth and the chest’s case. I fastened the base to the case. I firgured the best way to make sure it went on square and even was to set the base on the floor and then place and position the case on the base. Once I was satisfied with its location, I held it at that position on the base with four parallel clamps, two to each side. Then I placed the chest on my workbench where I could ...
With some projects you can see dramatic progress at the end of the day, this is not one of those projects. I have allotted roughly three months to finish the project knowing it was a huge undertaking. I will undoubtedly have to work on an order or side project during the time it is taking place, but for now I am just concentrating on the build. Like I said there wasn’t a big transformation today, but there was progress. I have all the drawer fronts dovetailed and roughly fit to their pe...
It is only Tuesday and I am tired. I have been feeling under the weather lately, but I made some decent progress today. I put the saw till aside for now and will get back to it when I am ready to carve the next piece as well in the interest of efficiency. I worked up a piece of Paruvian Walnut that had been sitting in the back of the shop for the case top and bottom of the tool cabinet. I chose to do it next as I wait for my bench hardware to arrive. I could have definitely used a moxon vise ...
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