Crochet Box #1: Glued up!

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 10-15-2011 05:18 AM 998 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife needs a crochet box so I’ve been practicing my dovetails. After about twenty practice joints in pine I thought I was ready to get started. Doing the joint in hardwood (Cherry) is so much different. My joints were pretty bad to start with, the two on the back of the box have some serious problems. By the front it was much better partially due to the arival of my new LN dovetails saw. Here there are all glued up.

The good

The Bad

and the downright ugly

you’ll notice that several wedges had to be added to this joint to close up the gaps that were created by poor chisel technique, this part of my work improved greatly far more than the sawing and that made the most difference between the first and last joint. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 02:36 PM

Not too bad really. I like that you choose the larger pin in the center. I never recommend pine for practicing. Try Poplar next time. Keep up the good work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 12:44 AM

I think also it looks fine.
No one could drive a car the first day they sat in one.
You will be a expert fast like this.
Be proud, you should be.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks for the comments; i’m happy with my progress through the project and expect a lot more next time. Using poplar for practice sounds like a great idea, thanks for the tip rance.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 05:11 AM

Not too bad at all Mike. I should have said, terrific joints

A trick I learned out of Lj, is mix some sawdust with CA glue. Quickly apply the mix in the joints. After sandig, they will look even more perfect

-- Back home. Fernando

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