|Project by psolver1||posted 07-09-2008 03:59 AM||5918 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
My goal with this tray was to do dovetails the Hans way, which is to “Just cut, no need to measure”. So I cranked out this tray in a Saturday morning out of scrap mahogony that was a brace from a boat we had just finished. So I marked the depth of the cuts, cut the pins, scribed the cuts on the tails side by holding them together, and “vioala” the tray sides were done. Well actually I cut the first set of tails backwards, which shortened my box by an inch and a quarter, but the second set came out nicely. Not having enough scrap plywood around for a one piece bottom, I cut a dovetail in the bottom of the rabbet grove and made a center stringer. There is a rabbet grove for the handle in both end pieces of the box, so there are no fasteners or glue in the whole tray. I did however pin the dovetails with a dowel to keep any tools from inadvertently spreading the dovetails and causing a catastrophic failure of tooltray. I then finished it with boat sauce for longevity and it is ready for use.
-- "No need to measure, just cut" Hans