At this point in the project, I’ve milled all the components I need to get things started for the joinery work so it’s time to move on. The first task to tackle is cutting the dovetails that will join the top front and back rails to the legs.
Both of these components will be dovetailed into place, but before moving on to the dovetailed ends of the rails, I need to cut them to length and then define the shoulders of the dovetails. This is a simple task, but when you’re not paying close enough attention to your setup things can go wrong, as you’ll see in today’s video.
As for the dovetails themselves – because they’re not thru dovetails, and instead half-blind dovetails, removing waste material can be a little tricky. Rather than sticking to my usual technique that involves using a dovetail saw and a chisel or two, for some reason I decided to try something different.
I’m a huge advocate of “trying something different” every now and then, but this time I should’ve stuck to my tried and true method. In the end the result was good, the joint is solid, but the route I took to get there was a little too windy.
Plan on seeing a special excerpt video coming later this week where I demonstrate my tried and true technique.
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