So, why on earth do I get those rare moments of shop time during some of the hottest days of the year so far?Â But, who am I to complain.Â It wasn’t too hot in the garage, just a bit warm, so I got some more dovetailing done.Â I managed not to screw up three more corners, and even got something that is starting to resemble a box together!
Well, at least four sides of a box.Â I had to trim a few pins again, and split one tail a little because because I didn’t trim enough.Â Man, the compression of pine can really fool you.Â In a comment on my last post, Jay suggested Poplar.Â After today, I think he might be on to something, so I might head on down to big box Home Depot and get some.
I made lots and lots of little mistakes, trying to saw off a pin, forgetting that I should use a coping saw when cutting out the pins, don’t force it too much, mark your waste, and actually LOOK for the X’s.Â I am starting to remember to look for the cabinet maker marks to keep alignment, so that’s progress.Â And, really, I am a fair amount pleased with the dovetails. Yeah they are ugly, and stand far to proud (better marking with the gauge next time), but it actually came together.
It is gluing up now, and tonight I hope to actually be able to nail a bottom to it to make it a real box.Â I might even scrounge up some hinges and put a lid on it.Â I’ve been wanting something to put my carving tools it.Â Right now I have some small palm carving tools that I use for wood block carving.Â I’ve been storing them in a plastic tub.Â This would be so much better I think.