I’m sure that I’ve blabbed on about Mark and his awesome saws on my blog before, but I’m going to do it again. All my backsaws are made by Mark except for the old dovetail saw I inherited and he re-plated that one. He makes amazing saws and provides a truck load of free information about how to keep your work at top speed.
Mark has always been an amazing supporter of women woodworkers. For International Women’s Day he posted this video:
International Women’s Day Video
Mark sure you check out his site: Bad Axe Toolworks
This is how I laid out the dovetails and the mitered shouldered dovetail for the bottom edge.
First I marked out the area that needs to be dovetailed and measured that with my dividers.
I wanted four tails, so I laid out the sector to fit the dividers at 8 ..
.. and then set the second set of dividers to 2 to be able to produce 4 tails.
Then I walked out the 4 tails adding a tiny bit to allow for pin spacing.
Ta da! 4 tails and pins.
This is how I cut the mitered dovetail to cover the slot that will hold the bottom of the cabinet.
And behold the mitered dovetail.
PS. Wanna know where to get a sector? Go here ->
Wanna know how to use a sector?? Or make a cheap one? Go here -> http://www.burn-heart.com/sector
I’m making a tool chest for my larger carving tools that are currently floating around in the shop. An ax, and adze, etc. If things go right, the small chest will hang on the wall when not being used to transport these tools.
It’s a modification of the Japanese tool chest but I’ll be using the mitered dovetail should for the joinery (video below). I like this joint because I can plow through the slot for the bottom to fit into but it doesn’t show. If that’s confusing, keep an eye out and you’ll see what I mean.
I had a chance to make some more frames with some inlay this time. Mahogany with yellow heart inlay.
First I created a simple profile.
Then I cut to fit the print on my mitre box.
And final trim on my shooting board.
Then I added the yellow heart inlay and trimmed to length.
Matching the corresponding miters using my finger to determine by feel that they are even.
Then I used my pinch sticks to make sure the frame is square.
Brand and ..
The last photo for the School Box. See my Instagram profile for more info.
Iron black on barn red milk paint.
I finally finished up my School Box / Carving Chisels Chests. I’ve been posting along the way on Instagram, so I thought I’d put the whole thing, minus the finish which will be in the next post. Here’s the blow by blow in the captioned pictures.
Making the Carcass
Milling popular for the chest back and sides.
Dovetail lay out.
My amazing Badaxe stiletto dovetail saw.
Tails first .. always.
Sawed out the waste and chiseling out what’s left.
It’s a box with wrap around grain.
Flat enough, now makin’ it pretty.
Trimming down the dovetail ends.
Cleaning up the final outside.
Spacing out the tongue and groove and gluing.
Fitting the bottom and dividers
Making pilot holes for the bottom nails.
Trimming the bottom.
Fitting the dividers.
Making and installing the molding
I used my hollows and rounds to make my mouldings.
Trimmed with my miter box saw.
Nailing through the miters .. w/o splitting the molding. 🙂
For more on my the box:
I find manufacturing process fascinating. An now that John Hoffman, Raney Nelson and Chris Schwarz are make tools that I use .. how could I resist posting this?