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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #9: Dovetail Drawers

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 09-11-2013 03:57 PM 1875 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time to build drawers for the bed.

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I am using a P.C. jig to machine the dovetails. Everything is pretty standard, except the bit I use, which is a larger 14 degree dovetail bit from Rockler. I like to set up two routers – one with a 1/4” straight bit, and one with the dovetail bit.

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I start by hogging out waste with the straight bit.

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The second pass is with the 14 degree dovetail bit.

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I find this two-pass method makes cleaner cuts, with less chance of the workpiece moving.
One of the most important things to check when placing the workpieces in the jig—- that the faces are exactly flush on top. The finger template on the jig is supposed to align this automatically, however I find it best to set the pieces flush by hand.

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Second pass complete.

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When test fitting, I aim for an easy friction fit. I like to be able to press the joint together by hand – no mallet required.

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The 14 degree bit makes stronger, better looking dovetails than the stock Porter Cable 7 degree bit.

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I only have four drawers to make, so this part of the project moves along pretty quickly. I cut grooves for the drawer bottoms at the table saw.

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I number all the pieces before milling, which helps during drawer assembly.

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Aromatic cedar drawer bottoms are cut to size.

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The drawers are test fit and sanded.

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One drawer needed a quick touch with a block plane.

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Then the drawer fronts are stained. I notice Jeff Jewitt advocates assembly first, then painting stain on the dovetails with an artist’s brush. I find that oil based stain bleeds too easily for that technique, so I simply stain before assembly.

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A single clamp to square the drawer is all that is needed during glueup.

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Dovetail nirvana.

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



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Rex B

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 04:14 PM

Great looking dovetails! That’s gonna be one beautiful bed.

-- Rex

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 04:15 PM

Very nice job on the dovetails! Even though a lot of people may not care for any dovetail that is not hand cut, I enjoy using a jig (Leigh in my case). Also, I use two routers, one with a straight bit and another with the dovetail bit. I’ve tried a lot of tips that the Leigh literature provides but find the use of a front panel the best (would post a picture if I could browse and insert).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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LKJR

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 04:18 PM

Beautiful work, and a good write up to boot!

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 12:43 AM

DTs don’t get much crisper than yours. More excellent work.

-- Art

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 08:38 AM

Great idea adding drawers and like the rest of it top notch!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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