Penguin Tool Chest #7: Dovetails and a Glue-Up

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 11-07-2011 04:54 AM 2326 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I sanded the drawer runners for a while, then worked on the vertical divider’s sliding dovetails. I first marked and chiseled-out the rear section of the sliding dovetail groove (I’d already done the front a few weeks back), then cut the recess in the front rail for the false front dovetail to fit into. Here are some pictures of the test fits:

Then it was finally time to glue-up the top section of the carcass. I sanded all inside sections to 150 grit before starting, since sanding inside corners after assembly is a pain in the ass. I also masked off lots of areas to prevent glue drizzle issues. Using a disposable glue brush and titebond 3, I glued and clamped it all together:

I had to bring it inside for the glue to cure properly. A garage shop in Colorado in November makes for a cold working environment.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 02:41 PM

This is my first look in on your penguin chest. captivating!
Now I will check your previous posts to get your technique for the hinge and for
the combination of woods you are using.

Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see your coming posts.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 06:51 PM

Allen, coming out great. Neat and tidy.

Great blog, great work

-- Back home. Fernando

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