[Medal Chest] More dovetails!

*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.*

Over the past week I have spent all my free time in the shop cutting more dovetails.  I have, I am happy to report, improved my abilities and speed.  The first joint, from the last post, took about 2.5 hours.  The next one only took about 2 hours.  The third one, where I changed methods*  only took about 1.5 hours and was much cleaner and required less effort to fit.  It was my best one yet!  Here’s the photos:

IMAG2760This here is number #2.  The middle tail looks busted but it’s not…the walnut had a slight rough spot on the end-grain when I glued it up…I was aware of it when I glued up the side but as I used all the walnut I had, there was no option but to use it.  One of the sides was just going to have a nasty spot.  So I put it in the back right corner where hopefully it won’t get too much notice.   I’m tempted to try and fill it with sawdust and glue and sand/file/plane (not in that order) to make it look better.  Here it is from another angle:IMAG2762And below is the third join….IMAG2808It’s on the left in the picture above.  The last join is the upper left one, yet to be cut in this photo.

* I started this project using the Paul Sellers coping saw method.  It worked, but I have nowhere near the skill with the coping saw required to get clean lines.  The test box and the first two joins on this project proved that to me.  I switched instead to Kari Hultman’s chisel method to remove waste and I couldn’t be happier.  I am much better with chisels than the coping saw.

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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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