Hello. I have now finished the tail vise, and today I had acually started work on the base. After I had got the dovetails for the tailvise fit and the pins on the guide rod I cut out the place for the pins to be inserted in the vise assembly. I then started work on getting the notches cut in the guide blocks for the sliding parts. Here you can see the guide rod in place, with the one guide block attached to the end cap with a notch for the guide rod to slide through aswell as a small notch...
Last time in this series I put together some drawer boxes. Next they’d need slides, and for that I went with parallel sliding dovetails, which I first saw GaryK create in walnut here. I’ve wanted since I saw those early last year to try my hand at making some. I spent some time one night last week building a SketchUp model based on GaryK’s photos of his results and designed around a bit I had from the Incra set, then wrote up a plan of attack for how to go about building the...
Hello, In this blog I spend almost 40 minutes in four videos explaining how I cut dovetails. Since I give most of the explanations in the video, I will not repeat them in writing. There are multiple ways you can use these videos:1. See how somebody else is cutting dovetails and maybe get some idea how to improve your technique2. Learn how to cut dovetails from scratch3. Confirm some of the frustrations/solutions you have Use the comments to give extra hints or talk about what works/...
I have gotten a few questions (actually 3) from folk about to how create the Incra Double Dovetails Joints such as the one in this project: I will not be making a box in this blog. But a really good friend saw this box and asked if I could make a 14” x 19” serving tray in the same style. Maureen has been a huge help to my wife and I so I was happy to get a chance to make something for her. Obviously, first place to start is to get an Incra Jig System. I have the old 1...
Hello. So at this point the shell parts are all dimensioned and ready for joinery. So I began by marking each board to orient them: front, back, left, right. Then I set my marking gauge to the thickness of the shell parts, then scribed with that setting across each board’s end (make sure to scribe the edges of the tail board, but not on the pin board). Next I set my dividers to lay out the tail spacing. After a few tries I got them set to produce 12 tails with just a ha...
Hello, My Lie-Nielsen 3/4” chisel and the fishtail, named Manfred and Donna respectively, did a great job today. We had lots of fun, despite me making one slight stratigic blunder. http://su.pr/3Y9evq Thanks, Brian
First step of a double dovetail is to cut a through dovetail on each side piece and then attach a trim piece. This blog entry will cover that process. So starting with the end pieces and a 6” piece of trim stock (same width as the side piece, thickness doesn’t matter). Install the two template strips into the positioning system (1 dovetail strip and 1 double dovetail strip). The dovetail strip consists of an A side which lets you cut pins at 7/8” intervals and ...
Tool tote travel 3finger joints on a template / jig This is third part of the tool tote travel. Now I have cut dovetails by hand, so it’s time to play with machines again…This time some finger joints, since it’s a learning experience. I bought some years ago a router template for finger joints, and half blind dovetails.I paid 100$ on a sale and never opened the box… So now it was time! I found a 10 mm router bit as the set needed, and made a test cut on some plywood… O...
I am hand-cutting the dovetails for the case joinery. Its the first time I’ve ever really done this. I’ve been playing around with dovetails a little lately for practice but haven’t used them for a project. Layout First I had to figure out how I wanted to lay them out. This took quite a bit of time actually. I started by looking at the two pieces to be joined. I have a little dovetail sample that I use for a reference so I don’t get confused as to how the ...
This is where I left off last time: Chopping the tails I cut most of the waste out with a coping saw and then clamped down the tail board to my bench to chop out the rest: First it is necessary to test the sharpness of your chisels… yep they are sharp. (I accidentally grazed my chisel when I reached across my bench for a pencil) After chopping the tails: The two sides of my case: Transferring the tails to the pins I had a little bit of a dilemma ...
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