[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

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.


About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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