Trim and daring diagonal dovetails

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    Rowdy Whaleback

    I’m embarking on an oak version of the tool chest. Other than re-sawing 7” by inch and a bit stock (it was a mistake not to ask the yard to do it even though their massive band saw leaves the lengths a bit lopsided) it’s all going well.
    I love watching Roy Underhill’s PBS show the woodwrights shop and he demonstrates “daring diagonal dovetails” that you can see Here
    Has anyone ever made these?
    Looks like you assemble the trim off the chest and glue them whilst sliding them up or down.
    Any tips?

    Rowdy Whaleback

    Well, I finished making my oak joiners tool box with “impossitails” and I’m pleased with the end result.
    Deeping (thicknessing/re-sawing)the 7” oak planks was a workout but worth it.
    This was for my wife to store her crochet stuff in. I made it 2’ wide instead of the original width. If I were to do it again I might have reduced the height to keep the nice proportions of the original.
    The daring diagonal dovetails were risky bit great fun to make and with careful measuring fit really well.


    inspiring post, thanks for sharing, really like the look of the oak it’s beautiful.

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