Wall Mirror/Shelf/Drawer Unit #4: Dove Tail Tales

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Blog entry by plantek posted 10-08-2010 04:14 AM 2470 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the plan that the mirror frame is from calls for rabbited joints for the drawers… I was ready to comply and build the drawers accordingly. Never mind that I have a Porter Cable dove tail jig. My reasoning was I have never used it on 1/2 stock or hard wood before. Not to mention that I just want my mirror done and on the wall.

Well I thought about it and thought about it and realized I would not forgive myself if I don’t dove tail the joints. I will give the piece that much more class. So with that I went into the garage last night and milled some 1/2 stock out of pine and some poplar drop I had in order to practice. As soon as I started I felt silly for even considering the original plan. The jig is so easy to use regardless of the stock size and once set it is just as fast if not faster the setting up the router table.

So I set up the jig and built a prototype drawer out of the poplar and pine in order to size the parts just right. The test drawer fit like a piston!

I went ahead and cut the cherry wood to size and dove tailed the pieces. My next step starting tomorrow is to put the drawers together and finish sand them. My mirror has been ordered and cut. I pick that up tomorrow afternoon. So by tomorrow night or Saturday I will be starting the finish.

I also changed my mind about the finish. At first I wanted to go with boiled linseed oil and wax. I’ve since decided on shellac and varnish. Even though the mirror/shelf/drawer will not be subject to use by others then myself or wife, I think it should have some surface protection… more from me then my wife.

I’m loving this!
Pictures to follow next post.

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