|Project by Dan||posted 07-07-2010 08:49 PM||2238 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This is my very first project in which I used dovetail joints. I am newer to woodworking and was given an older Leigh Dovetail Jig from my father. He gave me no direction as how to use it so after a lot of research online (thank God for the internet) I had a pretty good idea how to use it. I wanted to build something that was a simple design so that the dovetails would stand out as the focal point of the project. After all I spent a great deal of time learning all I could about this jig and cutting dovetails so I wanted them to stand out on my first project. I had been planning on building a good solid step stool for my boys to reach the sink so I went with that.
Due to the fact that this was the first time cutting dovetails and using the Leigh Jig I didn’t want to screw up a lot of really nice wood with mistakes. However you need straight non warped wood in order for the joints to line up right. I had some extra bass wood that I decided to use for the steps.
It took me a little while to get the dovetails just right but once I had the right settings the cutting was a breeze. The dovetails locked together very nice. I used a biscuit jointer to attach the top and bottom step. The bass wood has a nice looking grain so I finished it with a shellac finish.
When it was finished I tested the joints by standing on the top step and making a few small jumps. It didn’t budge so all in all I am very happy with it and I don’t mind seeing it in the bathroom every day!
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"