|Forum topic by Jesse||posted 01-18-2011 06:47 AM||805 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-18-2011 06:47 AM
Hello fellow LJs.
Here is my situation, I’m building a chest from plans I downloaded here: Chest
Things are going fairly well so far, but I’ve come to the cross-road of my vision and my skills. My chest will only kinda-sorta look like the plans. Dimensions will be similar but I’ll try to paint a picture of my idea:
The kick boards, drawer carcass, and the lid are all maple. With the kick boards and lid made out of tiger maple.
The plans call for dovetails. My idea was finger joints down the box sides, then match that theme with “through finger joints” that secure the drawer fronts. No idea how best to describe that so here is a link: Finger Joints
Kinda cool idea right? I think…
Thing is, I’ve never made a dovetail joint or a finger joint. I’ve already got a pretty significant amount of time and $$ involved in getting to this point and now I’m looking for guidance. This isn’t my first project, but it is my first attempt at something of this caliber. In fact, I sorta view this as a ‘coming of age’ in woodworking sorta project.
So there you go, I’ve seen a few box-joint jig plans with all sorts of screws and micro-adjustments that quite frankly seem like a more complicated project then this chest. Does anyone have some advice for box joint building? Jigs they find simple yet effective? Is attempting such intricate finger joints a recipe for disaster? Would you rather steer me toward handing cutting these dove tails?
Please feel free to elaborate where ever this post takes you and not feel obligated to simply answer my questions.
Thank you in advance!