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Arts and Crafts 6 Drawer Dresser #9: Dovetail Drawers , Spraying Shellac

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 01-22-2013 06:03 AM 3128 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my setup for cutting half blind dovetails. I use a larger-than-stock 14 degree dovetail bit. I think it makes nicer looking dovetail joints, and they feel much stronger. Here is a link to my blog about the special bit… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/40073

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This is the bit I use, which is a Rockler item. You can still cut these dovetails in one pass with the PC jig.

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I trimmed some aromatic cedar plywood to size and test fit the drawers.

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Grooves were cut for the drawer bottoms in two passes at the table saw.

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Test fitting the drawers, minus the applied fronts.

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I pre-stained the front of the drawer box before assembly.

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A bead of glue in the sockets only, and spread with an acid brush. Drawer parts must be on one inch intervals plus 1/4” for proper spacing with this jig ( ie: 3-1/4”, 4-1/4”, 5-1/4” etc.)

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Clamping drawers with cauls at the corners.

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Here is my setup for spraying shellac to finish the drawer boxes. I prefer shellac over lacquer for the boxes because of the odor. The drawer bottoms are unfinished aromatic cedar.

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Here I am installing blocking to receive the drawer slides. I am careful to glue the blocking only to the front legs. I avoid any glue on the floating side panels.

Next up will be prepping the drawer fronts, which I already have planed and cut to size. Then applying a finish and drawer installation.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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Kyle

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 10:52 PM

Wow, that looks way better than the bit that comes with the pc jig. I just now saw your blog about using that bit instead. These are looking awesome, Willie.

-- Kyle

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 11:15 PM

Thanks Kyle.
If you ever want a different look for dovetails, that 14 degree bit is worth a try.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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