A long time ago I started a project. Tool cabinet. Today the progress looks like that:

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Now I do attempt to continue the build. Next step is to make another shelf consisting from two laminated panels. The joint should look like that:

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It will be dovetail joint.

So let’s go.

First, setting the thickness of one of two boards on a marking gauge:

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Laying out this thickness on the other board:

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Doing the same procedure with the other board:

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Next step is laying out dovetails. Let’s start dovetails in point A on the right side of the board:

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The same distance from the left side of the board makes point B:

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I want to have six dovetails eventually. So I set my dividers for arbitrary width and start to walk. First step:

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Second step:

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And so on. I came up to the sixth step. It occured before point B.

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That does not suit. I set up my dividers little bit wider and start again. This time I ended near the end of the board. That suits. The distance from the dividers far end to the point B is the distance between future dovetails.

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Placing the dividers in point A again and walking through the hole board to the end leaving clear marks:

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Placing the dividers in point B and walking back leaving clear marks:

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Now we have widths of future dovetails and gaps between them:

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Drawing dovetail tops with a square and a pencil:

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Drawing dovetail sides with a selfmade jig:

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Marking waste:

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Warming up before sawing dovetails:

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For dovtailing I use this saw:

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Sawing dovetails:

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Sawing the shoulder:

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Making tiny steps with a knife and a chisel from the waste side. They will be helpful for setting chisel during waste removing.

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Rough removing waste with a coping saw leaving 1-2 mm of waste:

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Removing the rest of the waste with a chisel. Chisel cutting edge inclined slightly inward the board. Cutting up to half of the board width.

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The fishtail chisel is made from ordinary chisel by grinding:

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Removing waste from the other side:

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Aligning two boards for transferring laying out:

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Transferring laying out with a knife with a narrow thin blade:

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Selfmade jig for board aligning:

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Getting pin lay out:

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Transferrning pin lay out to the board sides:

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Marking waste:

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Making steps for chisel:

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Sawing waste out with a dick saw and coping saw:

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Removing the rest of the waste with chisel:

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Making small chamfers on pins for easier connecting. Chamfers are made on ‘invisible’ side of future joint.

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Doing the same thign on the tail part:

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Connecting two parts using a hammer and a block of wood. Now we have dovetail joint:

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I do not apply glue so far because the boards need joints on their opposite ends.