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Split Roubo Workbench #8: Dovetails and the front laminate

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« Part 7: Dog Hole Strip Part 8 of Split Roubo Workbench series Part 9: Tail Vise Installation »

With the end cap finished it is time to get the front laminate on but the is slight problem. When I was planing the dog hole strip even with the top I made the classic beginners mistake of falling off the edge. It is not a big deal now but I do not want to perpetuate the slope in the next lamination. So, using the dominos to my advantage I placed a couple business cards on the dog hole strip to elevate the hole. The third photo show the front laminate above the dog strip.

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Now the DT’s (that doesn’t sound right). This technique was written by Jameel in the August issue of Pop Wood.

It is nice to have a shooting board with matching bench hook!

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This shows the set-up at the band saw with the jig and stop.

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Marking the end cap to cut to length. I cut a rabbet to the back side of the tails. The tails were then transfered to the end cap. This is the clever aspect of this technique. I hogged out the for the pins but only to 1/4” deep. Then snuck up on the fit with a chisel. Once satisfied rout to depth with a pattern bit. this worked well.

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I think this a great technique that leads to reliable results. I am happy.

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Thanks for following along. I hope to be done in 10 months.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 812 days ago

All the ways to do dovetails, and I hadn’t seen that approach before. That’s an interesting way to go about it, and the result speaks for itself.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 812 days ago

Thanks Brian. Like I said it is not my technique and it is fairly straight forward. The key is that it is not hard to fine tune the pins to a depth of a 1/4”. Once the tails fit, then route away with a pattern bit. You do, of course, have to square off the corners with a chisel.

This is another benefit of TWW guild. I don’t know how to do this stuff!

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#3 posted 812 days ago

Scott, it really looks nice. You are doing some mighty fine work on this bench. You should be proud, because it looks awesome.

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 812 days ago

Thank ye Shane. Have you had a chance to use that DT saw yet? I hope you like it.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Joshuah

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#5 posted 812 days ago

I think this same approach was done in Fine woodworking magazine and it looks like a great, and time saving way to attempt some dovetails! And no one can say no to your results!!!!

-- -Joshuah

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 812 days ago

Not yet, i am working on a bed…no DTs. But i did cut on a few boards, just to cut on something : ). If i made a DT as fine as the one on your bench, i would probably break my arm….patting myself on the back. Keep up the good work.

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Brit

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#7 posted 812 days ago

Shane that’s hilarious.

Scot they look fantastic. Is the pattern bit you are using just a straight bit with the bearing at the collet end? So if I’m understanding this method correctly, after you’ve got the first 1/4” fitting well, you plunge down hogging out the waste until you’re at full depth and then run the pattern bit around the edges so the bearing runs on the first 1/4”. Then you chisel out the corners. Is that correct? Sorry for being dense, but the results are great so I want to make sure I know the process.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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lysdexic

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#8 posted 812 days ago

Brit, for the most part that is correct. The bit is a top bearing or pattern bit – the bearing is next to the collet. Once the the first 1/4” fits then set the depth to final depth. The route into the stock. So, i didn’t plunge depthwise. I did a little at a time in small clockwise motions. All the while, the bearing keeps you flush and square.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Brit

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#9 posted 812 days ago

Got it. Thanks.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Bertha

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#10 posted 812 days ago

Scotty, they look fantastic! I’m confused about the technique, though. I’m not as quick as Andy.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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SPalm

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#11 posted 812 days ago

Class, true class. You got skills.

Thanks for the DT technique,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 812 days ago

Nicely done Scott. Beautiful work.

-- ~Tony

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lysdexic

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#13 posted 812 days ago

Thanks gentlemen, but this is more about the technique than my skill. I take a picture of my last hand cut dovetails to prove it. :^)

I attribute the results to:

The article in in Augusts Pop Wood. I tried to get a direct link but you have to buy it. – ””how to make condor tails””:http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleindex/how-to-make-condor-tails

TWW Guild. I was able to follow along the videos step buy step. One day I hope to make furnitiure by the seat of my pants but not now.

I am not trying to sell anything but I could not accomplish this one my one.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Dave

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#14 posted 812 days ago

You have taught me a lesson or two today as well. Nicely done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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bhog

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#15 posted 812 days ago

Nice.It looks like it may be a lil less than 10 months.

Whats your buddies name-skele?Ever piss you off havin someone watchin your every move…...lol

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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