Dovetail Box #16: Gluing in the T-Keys

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Blog entry by Eric posted 05-02-2008 09:39 AM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Gluing Up the Lid Part 16 of Dovetail Box series Part 17: Mothers Day Gift - The Box Is Done! »

Last week I cut the grooves for my "t-keys" and the other day I glued up the lid. Yesterday, I glued in the t-keys. Here’s a shot of the t-keys just prior to glue-up:

Keys - Before

Since I cut the slots by hand, the slight variations in each meant that I had to cut each t-key to match each slot. Even though I carefully fitted each one prior to glue-up, I still had a major glitch with one of them; it wouldn’t go in. When I tried to pull it out, the base of the “t” broke off. So I cleaned it up as best I could and glued in a simple key. Here’s the post-glueup shot:

Keys - After

This morning, I cut off the waste, and then sanded the whole thing down from 80 to 240 grit. Here are the before and after pics (click to enlarge):

Keys Pre-Sanding Keys Post-Sanding

I’m definitely feeling it all coming together very quickly now. All that’s left is to veneer the top and bottom of the lid panels, chamfer/shape the lid, glue it on, cut it off and hinge it up!

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 11:38 AM


This is looking pretty good.

Keep the posts coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 12:22 PM

great job. those t keys look great! thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 05:02 PM

You’re making good progress, Eric. Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 11:22 PM

Interesting looking keys. great looking project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 05-06-2008 04:16 AM

Looking good Eric.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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