Very litttle Dresser #2: Sliding dovetails & drawer dividers

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Blog entry by toolferone posted 10-18-2010 05:02 AM 3344 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, today was my day off in Nashville TN and I spent a good part of it in the truck. Although first I stopped at Woodcraft and used their Festool saw and table to crosscut the glueup into the top and 2 sides.
I setup and routed the sliding dovetails in the sides. I routed from the back to the front, but stopped short. Did not want to see the dovetail from the front. I just lifted the router at the end of my run.

I used the Freud Tongue and groove set to join the drawer dividers. (I got real lucky and nailed the set up of both bits the first time.) Threee panels are the same, but the top is different. Not enough room to do a sliding dovetail at the top, so it is a half blind from the top. To allow the sides to move the sliding DT will only be glued in the front. For the top pieces, I will only glue the fronts in place. The T&G will be loose in the back to allow for movement

Here is a jig I made to rout the DT in the top pieces.

(yes if you scrolled to the bottom of part 1 you saw this post, but I just learned how to do the series thing)

-- Tom

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#1 posted 10-18-2010 07:18 AM

Those joinery are looking good!

I like sliding dovetails.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 04:31 PM

That is going to be a solid little dresser! Nice progress.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 07:24 PM

Yes maybe a little over kill on the divider size, but I am getting the feel what it will be like to build a full size dresser and have fun too.

-- Tom

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 10:00 PM

Hi, I also am located in Raleigh, NC. New to the area. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of local wood working resources. We are planning on downsizing next year…would you know where I could post a Shopsmith Mark V in brand new condition. I have all the parts and even the original owners manual. I am the only owner. I purchased it and never got to use it…long story. Would appreciate any resources/advise. Thanks :-)

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