Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #11: Dovetail Saga - Dovetail Number Two

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Blog entry by ruddhess posted 03-13-2015 01:01 AM 1084 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Dovetail Saga - Dovetail Number One Part 11 of Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) series Part 12: Dovetail Saga - Dovetail Number Three »

Went a little past the mark on the tails on this one.

Yikes! Looks a little bit jagged on the back side – that’s the side it’s more difficult to keep an eye on.

Uh oh! Big mistake – back to the lumber yard to fetch more wood to fix this mistake. Just a teeny bit discouraging.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#1 posted 03-13-2015 01:13 AM

Just shorten the bench up maybe?

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#2 posted 03-13-2015 01:52 AM

Hi TheFridge – yep! I ended up abandoning the dovetail joints on this project (see next few posts – I just added them – finally got caught up on posting progress on this project, whew!) I am going to do rabbet joints and put some 5/16” oak dowels in the joints for appearance and added strength (sheer strength too). I made some arrows a long time ago with the oak dowels – but never got to fletching them because they warped so much, so I am going to use them to make dowels for my joints on this project. They should look nice after putting a bit of finish on the wood.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#3 posted 03-13-2015 03:10 AM

Rod, despite the over cut, those dovetails were looking good. I’m thinking you should incorporate them into your repertoire. If not on the bench, then in a first build.

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#4 posted 03-14-2015 11:36 PM

Thanks Buckethead! Thank you for the encouragement. Dovetails are immensely fascinating. I really like the big ones like these. And I really love this southern yellow pine! What a great wood. For some reason I like the resinous parts the best. I guess I like the smell of turpentine, LOL! I am really happy with the outcome of the first two upright assemblies that constitute the first saw bench/saw horse (the ones that I did the rabbet joints on instead of these dovetails). I am getting ready to attach the feet to the first one and then on to the second one. Then I’ll solicit the help of a friend and move the 4-1/2” slab down to the garage and begin to plane the top flat (then I will even up the bottom boards) – or perhaps do the bottom of the slab first and then the top? I feel confident that if I take my time and cut the tails and pins proud, then trim them to fit that I can make a decent dovetail more like the very first one that I did. Thanks again for your kind words.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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