[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.


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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