Today saw a full day designing and making the drawers for the toolMakers Chest.
From the offcuts supplied I ripped and thicknessed lots of timber to make the frames for the nine drawers.
3 x full width and 6 x half width.
This was the plan rip stock joint it and thicknesss it rebate the frames for the drawer bases and dovetail joint them all together.
The plan worked but not completely, it did not work fully for a couple of reasons, firstly I should not have rebated the timber for the drawer bases before doing the joints.
The reason being its almost impossible to preposition each piece exactly in the middle of the Gifkins Dovetail Jig jig and,
Attempting to dovetail timber less than 40mm does not produce a nice looking joint,I think finger joints would be more applicable.
In hindsight I would consider the need for at least three pins or three tails to make a suitable joint, and as a dovetail bit is about 15mm diameter this puts a suitable joint in timber at 35mm +.
My Gifkins dovetail jig is not designed to be used with timber 40 mm width or below.
This is a picture of the rear of the Jig where I had to pack out the area between the locks to enable the clamp to hold correctly.
Looking at the front the clamp arrangment is also a bit dodgy
So I am of the belief that if you are jointing anything smaller than 40 mm that one should not consider Dovetailing as a means of jointing.
Tasks, tomorrow its a rebuild of the six small drawers, for no other reason other than that I was not completely happy with the results and cutting the rebates first up was a fail, as there was too much missalignment at assembly.
Here is all my days work.
The three full width drawers at 40mm height.
They will survive.
And a couple of shots of the six smaller drawers destined for rework.
Just goes to show after many years of wood working you can always learn something new when making projects if you try to build from concept drawings.
-- Regards Robert