After the first toolbox mistake I wanted to practice some dovetailing. I have a couple of extra boards of the 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ pine I used for the tool rack backboards and ripped out a set of 12″ and 5 1/4″ lengths to build a small box. Oddly enough on one of the boards had what looks like a bit of curl, in pine? Anyway, it’s a nice little shimmery ripple so I’ve set a couple of pieces on the off chance my box turns out it can have a slightly fancy lid.
I used a template I made ages ago after watching How to make a Paul Sellers dovetail template (Youtube). Works great, though I think one of the square sides could be a little squarer. I also opted to chop rather than cut the waste out with a coping saw, as my saw is a piece of junk and the wood is so small. Layout with a compass (need to find some dividers) and marking knife and guages and get cutting.
I think this one was mostly up to rough cuts followed by sloppy paring. Sharpen up the chisel. Working with a 1/8″ chisel on my diamond stones is a little more challenging, I think I may have put a bit of a skew on the edge and I’ll have to re-establish the bevels in the near future.
Having read the latest issue of Fine Woodworking, I busted out some painter’s tape and tried the “painter’s tape trick” (How to cut perfect dovetails with tape (paywall). Well, they didn’t turn out perfect but there was a definite improvement.
Paring was easier with a sharp chisel.
4 sides and 4 corners
It’s somehow square. I’ll probably knock it apart, trim the dovetails off and make a mitered or rebated box from it.
The pine is way too soft for me to get a good practice going, so I’m going to collect some harder wood from the big box and see how that goes for practice. I see lots of recommendations for poplar and soft maple, both of which are plentiful among the box stores.