|Project by DouginVa||posted 06-07-2013 06:42 PM||2951 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
My second class at Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s School”, the handcut compound dovetail class taught by Tom Calisto. I had tried compound dovetails on my own with little success. Getting the dovetail angle oriented the proper way is more difficult than you may think. Tom made it relatively simple to understand.
A simple jig aides in the construction of the sides and cutting/chopping/pairing of the dovetails. It’s a simple block that has one face that represents an outside face and corner of the finished tote. If you can access the Rough Cut Woodworking “Serving Tray” episode you’ll see how easy it is to create the block. Now this doesn’t mean the dovetails will come out perfect…..you still have to accurately cut and pair them….BY HAND. But at least you’ll get the orientation of the pieces, angles, bevels, and dovetails correct.
The center divider is all one piece of poplar with the handle rounded over and shaped to look like a steam bend dowel….which is exactly what I though it was when I looked at pics of the project before I saw the tote in person.
This tray is made from poplar in an unfinished state. I kinda like it this way and haven’t decided if I will finish it or leave it as is and use it for some functional purpose in the workshop or as a centerpiece on the dining room table.
-- Just a man with his chisel.........