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Arts and Crafts Nightstand #3: Dovetails

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 458 days ago 1258 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Web Frames and Back Panel Part 3 of Arts and Crafts Nightstand series Part 4: Tops, Drawer Fronts, and Corbels »

This is the project at hand…

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Empty carcase ready to accept web frames.

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Installing lower web frame with biscuits in front, and dado in the rear.

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Web frames are glued into the dados.

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Notched corners fit neatly around legs.

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Checking that web frames are all in the same plane.

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Through mortise and tenon.

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1/4” straight bit.

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With a straight bit chucked in router #1, I hog out most of the waste for the dovetails. This step is optional, but I find the dovetails cut smoother and easier this way.

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After milling with 1/4” straight bit.

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A 14 degree dovetail bit is chucked into router #2.

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After milling with dovetail bit.

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I shoot for a snug friction fit that can be pressed together by hand. No mallet required.

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Thank you routers!

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Ripping some aromatic cedar ply for drawer bottoms.

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Drawer parts milled, and grooved for drawer bottoms.

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Assembling drawers for final sanding.

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Cedar drawer bottoms.

Next up should be glueups for the drawer fronts and cabinet tops.
Cheers!

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



4 comments so far

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AandCstyle

1288 posts in 891 days


#1 posted 458 days ago

Willie, the project looks great so far. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. I also appreciate the tips along the way. Thank you!

-- Art

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BigRedKnothead

4762 posts in 616 days


#2 posted 457 days ago

Nice work man. Everything looks very precise.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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Eddie

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#3 posted 457 days ago

I second what Red said above. Very precise! That is coming along beautifully!

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 457 days ago

Nice work and good photo lay out.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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