[Medal Chest] Let’s start this project (…right after I make a jig)!

*Note to my readers—this is the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times.  It has consumed my shop time since February.  That’s why it’s been so slow on the blog for the last few months.  Now that it has been delivered, I can post the details.*

So I began the project for my Mom by cutting the walnut and maple to length for the front and back (maple) and sides (walnut).

After I clamped the walnut side pieces together and planed them along the edge, I glued the pieces together so that I will end up with two properly sized sides.IMAG2714

And no, I’m not drinking while I’m working…that little Coke Zero bottle is to collect the Walnut sawdust as I cut…never know when I’ll need some to fix mistakes.

IMAG2715While the walnut was drying, I worked on making a Paul Sellers 7:1 dovetail jig.  I had some scrap oak laying around that was about 1 1/2″ wide and 1/2″ thick.  Using the method he espouses in this video as a guide, I saved time cutting and shaping by cutting a middle piece, then the angled piece using my bevel angle to transfer a 7:1 angle, and then cut a square block.

Once you wrap your mind around how it’s used, it’s quick to make.  I glued everything up and set it to dry.IMAG2718

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Next I’m going to try my hand at dovetails in the walnut!  Nervous, but excited.  That’s pricey wood to screw up if I don’t do it right.  Here’s hoping my time crunch won’t bite me in the arse.

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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