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Arts and Crafts Library Desk #2: M & T Frame, and Lapped Dovetails

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 261 days ago 1071 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Building Legs, Cutting Mortises Part 2 of Arts and Crafts Library Desk series Part 3: Inside Corbels »

With the legs complete, I milled up some stock for the rails. All joints are deep mortise and tenons, except for the top drawer rail which is a lapped dovetail.

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Test fitting the lower drawer rail.

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The lower side stretchers feature through tenons.

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The upper drawer rail features lapped dovetail joints. With the same dado blade setup used for the other long rails, I cut the dovetail to 1/2” thick, and established the side shoulders.

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After laying out the lines for the dovetail, I made the cuts at the bandsaw.

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A little trimming with a hand dovetail saw and chisel completes the tail.

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The rail is positioned, and the mortise location is marked with a knife.

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I decided a router was the best tool to achieve a flat-bottomed mortise. I was surprised how stable the router felt on top of these 2-1/2” square legs. If the legs were any smaller, I might have clamped two legs together for more support.

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I cut the 1/2” deep mortise in three light passes with a spiral bit. I cut close to the line, leaving the final trimming for a chisel.

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In short order I was able to fit the dovetails in their sockets.

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Rails installed.

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Desk dry assembly.

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Next up should be the corbels, and perhaps the desktop.
Cheers!

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



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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 260 days ago

Nice. I haven’t used that joint much either….but I need to. Looks strong.

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

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hjt

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#2 posted 252 days ago

Just found your post. will be studying what you’ve done. That dove tail is a work of art!.

-- Harold

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