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    tompslattery
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    Just feel like having a rant as only people on here will feel my pain.

    Just finished test fitting one side of the box to the back. Most dovetails I’ve don. The fit was too tight so have spent an hour or 2 trying to work out where it was tight and pare it back. End result? A number of happy joints and a small split of one corner of on tail. Obviously the tight spot I didn’t find.

    The fit is still pretty damn tight, will be an effort to get it apart.

    Now to cut the pins on the other side and hopefully I improve.

    Rant over

    #131464
    Ed
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    Definitely can feel your pain! The good news is that the time spent improving those dovetails, even if one splits, teaches lessons that will improve every dovetail you ever cut. The hours spent struggling, exploring, and learning aren’t cutting a dozen dovetails, they’re cutting thousands and thousands! Not a bad return on the time investment, eh?

    #131539
    Matt McGrane
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    I’m sure it’s tough with that wide of a board and that many dovetails to fit. I’ve not done the tool chest or any project with many dovetails – just small boxes with a few DTs. I guess the learning that will happen over time is not just how to cut dovetails closer to the layout lines, but also how to tell where the tight spots are so you know where to adjust the fit.

    Good luck on the rest of them.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #131695
    tompslattery
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    Some photos

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    #131700
    tompslattery
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    It even came out square to my surprise. But the top and bottom arnt level.

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    #131702
    tompslattery
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    With front rail in place

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    #131716
    Frank Joseph
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    Looking good nice joints so far.
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #131733
    Matt McGrane
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    Tom, looks like you’re going to have to do some planing to level out the top and bottom. Do you know what happened to get the back misaligned with the sides? Maybe some slippage when transferring the lines to the edge of the pin boards?

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #131740
    tompslattery
    Participant

    A combination of some inattentive planing and some other error that I don’t know what it is. The sides ended up being not as wide as the back. But I knew that. So I lined up the sides with the bottom of the back when marking the pins so I could plane off the extra at the top. But one side ended up being closer to flush with the bottom and the other side ended up being closer to the top

    #131748
    tompslattery
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    But both sides a pretty flush with the front. So I did that one right

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