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Auxillary Workbench #5: Apron - The inlaid (shadow) dovetail

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Blog entry by mot posted 06-07-2007 07:48 AM 3691 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been hemming and hawing on what I was going to do to give this little bench a bit more character. It’s going to serve a dual role in being both my auxillary bench for hand tool work as well as my 2 year old son’s bench. In that vane, I decided to add a little detail to the apron…the shadow or inlaid dovetail. Please note: Though I prefer to do these one-off projects with handcut dovetails, the Akeda 16 Jig was used throughout.

To start, I joined one maple board with one walnut board. The walnut will be the shadow. Mostly because I had more maple than walnut or I could have done it the other way. This piece is glued up and my impatience sets in…

After the glue dries...well, almost (more on that,) I cut the pin board off, leaving the pin slots filled with walnut.

Now, as I mentioned...the glue was almost dry when I did this. I don't realize yet, but I'm about to find out that my impatience is NOT a virtue...

I then recut the tail board revealing a 1/8" shadow of walnut. This is where I found my glue wasn't dry and and sent a chunk of walnut flying across the shop. Luckily, I glued it right back in place and still not waiting for it to dry, I supported it side and back and happily began cutting again. I don't get alot of time in the shop, so I forge on at times when it's best to go to bed. shrug I'm not about to change after all this time....

Here is the tail board...

Once I recut the tailboard, I then cut a pin board of maple to match my detailed tail board and the end result is the shadow dovetail.

Now, to add a complete shadow, I could have also cut a tailboard of walnut, mated it to the pinboard of maple and done the entire process to add the walnut shadow to the inside of the pin piece as well. However, as this was my first venture into this particular detail in dovetail joinery, I figured I'd take baby steps.

This process did involve more than a little hand chisel work as I made the pins proud, and for some reason the pin board fit WAY too tight into the tailboard when I joined the walnut to the maple. A few minutes spent with a nice sharp chisel and everything was a piston fit. I wasn't concerned with altering the fit of the jig, as I was only fitting the inlay, and not the final tail and pins.

I used the Domino (once I found it....more on that later as well...stay tuned for another blog series) to align the apron to the table top. It all fit. I was happy because I didn't do a dry fit to find out. I either have that much faith in the Domino, or in my vast skills. D'OH. I just didn't want to put that dovetail joint together again as they fit the best the FIRST time, not the 4th.

The camera with shadow and flash pics up some tear out that I can't appreciate with my eye, but here it is glued up, clamped, and awaiting the vise.

The next installment of this series will be the vice installation. Your guess is as good as mine as I'm trying to decide to run it the length of the table. I'm concerned about racking though so I may just run it 12". I havn't decided.

Thanks for taking a look!

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)



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#1 posted 06-07-2007 07:51 AM

Great work Mot. What is your dog approach?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-07-2007 07:58 AM

Well, the dogs will be DomiDogs, or Doginos.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-07-2007 08:03 AM

Ever considered bench pups?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 06-07-2007 08:22 AM

Mot -

Can’t imagine that you are inpatient, inpatienT, inpatieNT, inpatiENT, inpatIENT, inpaTIENT, inpATINIENT, inPATIENT, iNPATIENT, INPATIENT!

Your bench is turning out great! I like the maple and the shadow dovetail detail.

Sounds like your Domino is getting a lot of use. You are very lucky to have one of those highly coveted machines!

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 11:01 AM

wow. this is beautiful. You must have the patience of Job.
:D lol
well done.

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#6 posted 06-07-2007 02:56 PM

I didn’t think potatos had tails, just eyes. Those tails are nice eye candy. I knew I’ll need to get myself a dovetail jig, this just reaffirms my needs.

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#7 posted 06-07-2007 03:02 PM

Wayne, I actually have some bench pups that I use for my main bench. I was just thinking of using the Doginos instead because this bench might see some use/abuse from my 2 year old. Might as well give him some clamping elements, right?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 06-07-2007 03:14 PM

CapnRon…they sure make dovetailing fun. As I mentioned, I prefer to cut them by hand, but for this particular purpose and the absolulte neccessity of a uniform shadow (for my taste) I don’t have the skill : patience ratio required to do that by hand. :) Plus, if I got as far, by hand, as I did with the jig, before I knocked a piece out not waiting for the glue to dry? There’d be a chisel buried in the ceiling!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 06-07-2007 06:52 PM

Hey I have a chisel buried in the ceiling!...right above the hammer embedded in the wall.

Beautiful Tom….it’s sad that your 2 year old will have a better bench than I do…:(. I have to build a bigger shop though before I build a better bench so its a LONG way off if it ever does happen.

Figures Wayne asks about your dog approach…...is that a question on clamping or a proposition?

David….I believe Tom has the highest ratio of coveted tools to shop area possible….the probable reason for not being able to find his domino was because it was underneath and behind his incra jig and dowelmax.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#10 posted 06-08-2007 03:17 AM

Bob…LOL…nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 06-08-2007 04:02 AM

I wish I had your impatience. Then I could make such cool joints. Great job! ;^)

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#12 posted 06-08-2007 05:33 AM

Lol

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