Tuesday, November 5, 2013
For the drawers, I need two types of angles: the rear has inclined tail boards with a vertical pin board. The front of the drawers has both inclined tail and pin boards. Ultimately, they are the same thing since a "vertical" board still has an angle, but there are some shortcuts we can take when only one board is inclined. Things get only marginally more complicated for a joint with both boards inclined. Seriously! Only marginally more complicated.
Even if you never plan on doing compound-angle dovetails, the portion of the procedure used to determine the projection of the boards on each other would be useful to make a simple butt joint between angled parts. But don't stop at the butt; the dovetail is easy!
This episode repeats the procedure 4 times for the different joints. Hopefully that reinforces the procedure without being a snoozer.
Two years ago (already?!) I did a short series of videos on hand-cut dovetails. I'm the first to admit I'm not a great dovetailer, but the methods are there for the ho-hum pins-first/tails-first decision, but also for houndstooth dovetails, mitered dovetails, and others. This blog entry is the first for the series; the table of contents at the top will show you the others. Uhg, it was 104ºF in the shop during those videos. There's a reason for wearing all black!!
The next episode of Angle Madness is also partly recorded so I hope to not disappear for a month again :)