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Blog series by Luke updated 1849 days ago 8 parts 6324 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Getting the rough shape of the box

1878 days ago by Luke | 2 comments »

So I started with 8/4 zebra wood that I bought off my brother. He builds bass guitars for a living and had some left over wood. I resawed the wood down to about 5/8” on my craftsman 12”(given to me by my father in law) with a Woodslicer 3-4, 1/2” blade from highland woodworking… Amazing blade, if you have a bandsaw and need a resaw blade for it check them out because it cuts like a hot knife through butter compared to ANY other blade I’ve used yet. https://www.hi...

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Part 2: The initial design

1878 days ago by Luke | 2 comments »

I designed this box myself and I used google sketchup to make the preliminary drawings. It worked great and I can even reference the drawing to make sure every thing is coming out the planned size. The knobs look weird because I didn’t have the skill to draw the brass knobs that I plan on using.

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Part 3: Adding the sides(top) and back

1877 days ago by Luke | 5 comments »

I don’t know if you can see well enough but I added the top front and back panels to close in the top which will later be cut open and hinged. Also added the back panel which is solid.

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Part 4: Drawer Dovetails

1877 days ago by Luke | 0 comments »

Cutting the Dovetail pins. This curly maple is so much softer than the zebrawood. phew Chiseling the pins. I like to use the chisel the whole way. I used to get out the coping saw and cut off most of the tail clearing but it’s way faster to just take them out with the chisel as you go along. It took me about 40 minutes to cut and chisel the tails which is about 16 tail recesses total. There are some great links on youtube for cutting them by hand.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u...

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Part 5: cutting the drawer tails

1873 days ago by Luke | 2 comments »

I’ve just finished cutting the tails out with the hand saw. Here I am working on chiseling the tails to the lines that I marked out with a marking guage. I had some troubles getting them to fit with no gaps and realized that I hadn’t chiseled enough of an angle out so that the edges fit snugly. After doing that they fit great. I have the faces of both drawers matched so that it hopefully looks like they come from the same board. I marked inside the joint with numbers so that I kne...

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Part 6: Twin through tenons

1873 days ago by Luke | 4 comments »

I started by marking out all the cut lines with a marking gauge. I have one of those simple wood pass through another wood with a thumb screw and a little pin, ones… so….I chiseled out the sections in the maple down to the lines after cutting the shoulders with the dovetail saw. I then transfered the tenons to the backside of the zebrawood with the marking gauge again. Then chiseled around the marks and worked on taking out the material with the chisels. A mortiser would be really...

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Part 7: Box divider and bottom

1865 days ago by Luke | 2 comments »

So here I have the drawer pieces all laid out and routed the groove in the bottom of them for the slide in solid panel 1/8” maple that I am going to use. I was trying to decide on solid or ply and thought that it would look better with the solid plus I don’t have any maple ply and I have plenty of the maple solid. I had to make a trip to get the bit as my standard bit set didn’t have one that small (1/8”). I set up a couple of stops on my router table and cut the groov...

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Part 8: Slides, Knobs, Top Separation

1849 days ago by Luke | 2 comments »

I set up the router table to make the slots for the slide rails. I just used a 1/2” straight bit to make the groove and I sized my rails to fit later. So here I used a chisel to square up the fronts of the grooves that I just routed. This is not really necessary it will just make it easier to adjust the drawers forward or backward if they don’t line up just right, Which they didn’t in the end. I had to remove just a bit more towards the front on one side so that they ...

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