I guess I got a little cocky. Just when you think you're getting better and you try to go a little faster the mistake bug bites. Sometimes I curse. Sometimes I bang my fist on the bench. This time I just had to laugh.
|What is your major malfunction?|
I decided to try to fix this piece rather than start fresh with another piece. So I cut of the dovetails and a little extra and half-lapped a new piece onto the end.
|Fix partially completed|
I needed a new way of holding my stock when running grooves, so I decided to make a quick sticking board. I had some crappy (though reasonably flat) pieces of plywood hanging around and this is what I came up with.
|Sticking board with drawer side ready to be grooved|
|Plenty of room for the tool to do its work|
I had an epiphany yesterday related to fitting dovetails. There is a real feeling of exhilaration when this happens. I feel like my skills are really taking strides lately.
Anyway, when fitting dovetails, I'm often left with edges that don't meet up properly. For the drawers, the bottom edges are the reference edges and I'd like them to line up properly when the dovetails are fitted. In the following picture the chisel is set flat on the vertical piece. You can see a small gap between the chisel and the horizontal piece.
|Mind the gap!|
Maybe I'm getting better at seeing things, or maybe I'm getting better at getting a "close" fit off the saw, but if I test the edges before trying to fit the DTs to their recesses, I know which side of the recesses to remove material from.
Here's an example. In the next picture, I'm fitting the left drawer side to the drawer front. The DTs go in the recess just a little, but are still far too tight. So I look at the reference edges and test with the flat back of a chisel.
|Testing the edges|
|Good alignment of DTs to recesses|
Lately there's been a lot of good learning. I'm psyched!