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Project by 12strings posted 10-09-2014 05:56 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some drawers to make, and they ended up being a few firsts for me:

-First half-blind dovetails (hand-cut)
-First traditionally constructed drawers (half-blind dovetails in front, full dovetails in back, drawer bottom in grooves in front and sides, sliding in under the back (see picture).

Fronts are walnut, sides and backs are pine, bottoms are plywood.

A few progress pics:

1. End-grain shavings from my trusty old Stanley No. 5 and a shooting board, sharpened only on a cheap 600 grit Harbor frieght diamond block. Proof that if your sharpening isn’t working for you, higher grit polishing may not be the problem.

2. The kids “helping” me saw and chop my dovetails…Using hand tools lets me work without kicking them out of the garage.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-09-2014 07:29 PM

You did a beautiful job, and only using hand tools.

Well done.

-- Brad, Texas,

View Richard's profile


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#2 posted 10-09-2014 07:44 PM

Looks pretty good. And it’s nice to have the little ones help in the shop , you just have to Watch them like a hawk or they can get into trouble fast.

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#3 posted 10-09-2014 09:23 PM

Hand cut half blinds are not easy the first few times around, but you did great. Nice job.

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View 12strings's profile


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#4 posted 10-09-2014 10:09 PM

TIMBERTAILOR: I did use a router to make the grooves for the drawer bottom, since I don’t yet have a plow plane.

RICHARD: I do have to think about safety. I have either small padlocks or key-rings in the plugs for all my power tools, so they are difficult or impossible to plug in without a key, or at least a nimble-fingered adult. The tool well lets me keep sharp items out of their reach while I’m working…though they are able to climb up there if I’m not watching them.

DIGWW: Thanks.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 04:31 PM

Very nice 12S. I’d like to try that ‘sept I’m scared.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 05:54 PM

Good job

-- David in Damascus, MD

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