I suppose if I had a hundred of these to make, and unlimited resources and equipment, I would probably make up some sort of beveled sled, and cut these with a Dado Blade or a Router Bit. But I only have to make one, and with the simplest of tools…
So after cutting and fitting the pieces
I took one of the sides and clamped it to a kitchen chair!!
Herein lies one of the reasons I left the fingers over-long. They make a great guide for the Hand Saw action that follows, cutting down the sides of the shoulders
After that is just a little coping saw work by littlecope to cut out the bottoms
It took less than five minutes! I then have to do some serious file work to get the bottoms just so…
I don’t have a “real” woodworkers bench of course, but I do have this old indestructible Bureau that someone tossed away. It’s constructed in what I like to call the “Early Bad Taste” Style…circa early fifties, when designers were having some fun with the possibilities in that new wonder material, Plywood… When I got it, it looked even more hideous than it does now!! Someone, who must have taken some bad drugs or something, had painted it completely Black, except for the drawer fronts, which were painted Red, Green, and Blue… And they used Spray Paint, to boot!! So the Paint had flaked off all over the thing, not adhering to the veneer underneath. It took very little effort to scrape and sand off, revealing this wondrous sort of “Pickled” veneer… YUCK!!
But in the shop, it works out fine. As I said, it’s indestructible and holds a slew of tools and whatnot safe and out of sight. Last night I clamped the piece to be filed to it, and actually got to sit down on the job for a change, as I cleaned up the bottoms of this first joint
I ran out of time last night, and was tired anyway, so I finished this off today. Here’s the desired effect:
This Red Oak is as hard as can be, but I ultimately got where I wanted to be, after about a half hour…
Now that I know how to make one, I have to make three more joints just like it!! :)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.