Have been working on the tool chest project and things have been progressing nicely until tonight. I realiEd that I had cut the front dovetails correctly (with the added width between tails for the saw kerf) but not the ones on the back. They are spaced equally. Should I saw/separate the box top as normal letting the saw kerf fall where it may on the back dovetails? One thought I had was to saw the top at an angle where the front would be approx 3/4 more narrow than the back. I fear that this would cause a bigger problem with hinges and fitting in the long run. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated
I haven’t made the tool chest, so I don’t know all the ways an angled top could complicate the project. It could be a challenge when leveling the cut lines with a plane after sawing – you would have to be very careful using winding sticks. I do think it would look pretty nice angled, but I thought it would look better with the front deeper than the back. If you did cut it straight, have you checked to see where the kerf would go through the back dovetails? Personally, I might keep it straight and not worry about where the cut line goes through the rear dovetails.
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