A stepbystep approach to cutting dovetails in wide panels Plus some techniques for assembly and a few troubleshooting

Which comes first, the pins or the tails Frankly, you can cut them either way, but I start with the pins. It's how I was taught and how I always cut them. WHICH IS WHICH But maybe I'm jumping the gun. After all, whenlook-ing at this interlocking joint, it can be hard to tell which one is the tail and which is the pin. The trick is to look at just the face of the board, not the ends, see Fig. 1. The tails flare out like a dove's tail. And from the face, the pins are straight, sort of like box...

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The base of this workbench does more than support the top The trays and drawer store a shops worth of tools within easy

Most shops can always use more storage space. So why not build a workbench where the base not only supports the top but also provides space inside for your hand and power tools That's the idea behind this workbench. And to make it easy to use this storage space, a drawer and two trays ride on full-extension slides to keep your tools accessible. Then there's the top. This laminated, hard maple top adds considerable weight to a storage cabinet already filled with tools. When you combine the two,...

From Fellow Woodworkers

Sanding in tight places is about as much fun as doing taxes. You could buy an expensive detail sander (the kind with a triangle-shaped head), but instead I converted my finishing sander into one. It's easy to do. Just change bases. Simply remove the screws and take off the old pad. Then use it as a template to mark the mounting holes for a new base. But here's the best part. You can make a new base fit any shape you want. This new base can be made from almost any thin material. But I like...

Drawer Trays Doors

Once the outside of the case was finished, I turned my attention to the inside to add a pair of trays and a drawer. CLEATS. I planned on using full-extension slides for the drawer and trays. But the slides couldn't be screwed to the case sides because the frame stiffenersgot in the way. So I added slide cleats (U) to provide a mounting surface for the slides, see Fig. 8. These cleats are 3 4-thick pieces of stock screwed to the frame stiffeners. They don't extend all the way to the front of the...

Cabinet Style Workbench

This dovetail chest starts out just as you'd expect gluing up oversized panels. There isnt anything unusual or difficult about these five -thick panels. The important thing is that they are flat and all the same thickness. This will make it much easier when it comes time to cut the dovetails. After the panels are glued up, the next step is to cut the front back (A) and end (B) panels to finished size, see the drawing at right. (The bottom will be cut to size later.) I began by simply ripping...

Celebrating One Hundred Issues O

Over the years, a lot of readers have sent us photos of projects they've built from Woodsmith. Plus, we've received hundreds more since I announced this gallery in the Sawdust column a couple of issues ago. Of course, we couldn't include every photo. What you see here is a sampling of the craftsmanship and ingenuity of our readers. Some followed our plans closely others adapted them quite a bit. We hope you enjoy seeing these completed projects as much as we have. Tom Baker San Diego,...

Project Supplies

Woodsmith Project Supplies offers hardware kits and supplies for some of the projects shown in this issue. Supplies for these projects are also available at your local hardware store or through one of the mail order catalogs listed below. A complete hardware kit for the workbench, shown on page 6, is available from Woodsmith Project Supplies. This kit includes all the hardware you'll need to build the bench listed in the Supplies box on page 7 , except for the vise and the hardware needed to...