Scrollsaw Chest Project #2: Side And Front Panels

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Blog entry by William posted 11-03-2010 04:06 PM 1868 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got a new toy for this project. I’ve used dowel joinery in the past, but I thought a jig would make this particular project easier. With the use of a jig, my reasoning was, it would be assured that the dowels were placed perfectly square, eliminating joining problems that I sometimes encounter. So, I went into town and the only one I found was at Home Depot. This is the General EZ Pro Doweling Jig Kit. I bought it at Home Depot for $29.99. I wish I had left it there. I was getting better results by simply using point centers. With this jig, I could have matched up my 3/8” dowels with the correct size rifle ammo, stood back at a hundred yards out and shot holes into the wood more accurately than this jig.
After much practicing on scrap wood, I wound up using my tried and true method of point centers and the drill press on pieces that allowed me to do so. The longer ones that I couldn’t use the press on I was just careful to get the holes as straight as possible.

So I built up my side and front panels using dowels in the joints.

The above photo shows the front and side panels being cut. This is at about two hours and about halfway in. Since these are all the same, I am stack cutting four at one time.

Here’s one of the side panels, cut, glued, and clamped up waiting for the glue to dry.

And the front panel.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 04:23 PM

This is going to be just beautiful, William! I love this project and it is good to know about the kit you bought. It is too bad that poor quality items like that are even on the market. Are you able to return it?


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 04:29 PM

Lovely looking project, great work on the scrolls! Cheap jigs are mostly a hit or miss proposition which is why I try to stay away from them. However there have been times I got suckered into buying them. You are definitely not alone in that boat!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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