A long time ago I started a project. Tool cabinet. Today the progress looks like that:
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:
It will be dovetail joint.
So let’s go.
First, setting the thickness of one of two boards on a marking gauge:
Laying out this thickness on the other board:
Doing the same procedure with the other board:
Next step is laying out dovetails. Let’s start dovetails in point A on the right side of the board:
The same distance from the left side of the board makes point B:
I want to have six dovetails eventually. So I set my dividers for arbitrary width and start to walk. First step:
And so on. I came up to the sixth step. It occured before point B.
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.
Placing the dividers in point A again and walking through the hole board to the end leaving clear marks:
Placing the dividers in point B and walking back leaving clear marks:
Now we have widths of future dovetails and gaps between them:
Drawing dovetail tops with a square and a pencil:
Drawing dovetail sides with a selfmade jig:
Warming up before sawing dovetails:
For dovtailing I use this saw:
Sawing the shoulder:
Making tiny steps with a knife and a chisel from the waste side. They will be helpful for setting chisel during waste removing.
Rough removing waste with a coping saw leaving 1-2 mm of waste:
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.
The fishtail chisel is made from ordinary chisel by grinding:
Removing waste from the other side:
Aligning two boards for transferring laying out:
Transferring laying out with a knife with a narrow thin blade:
Selfmade jig for board aligning:
Getting pin lay out:
Transferrning pin lay out to the board sides:
Making steps for chisel:
Sawing waste out with a dick saw and coping saw:
Removing the rest of the waste with chisel:
Making small chamfers on pins for easier connecting. Chamfers are made on ‘invisible’ side of future joint.
Doing the same thign on the tail part:
Connecting two parts using a hammer and a block of wood. Now we have dovetail joint:
I do not apply glue so far because the boards need joints on their opposite ends.