Monday, July 15, 2013: Today, I woke to birds singing and the sun shining.
A new day, a new week, a new project, and some new trees.
At class, a new series of lessons began, with the by-product being a craftsman style coffee table in red oak. This is our inspiration and aspiration.
The project begins with the dovetail apron.
This will be the table top support, and have mortises on the inner rim to receive turnbuckles. After the morning demonstrations, I completed mine pretty quick and with good results.
While waiting for the rest of the class, I was allowed to turn my attention to my tool chest.
I separated the box and lid, by splitting the larger (⅞”) dovetail. By measuring in ⅜” from each end, you are left with a ⅛” area to cut the box and lid apart, then plane for a perfect match.
Can it be done? Absolutely.
Next comes the hinge hardware. The mortise size it taken directly from the hinge using the marking knife.
The depth is set at slightly less than one half of the barrel diameter. This will allow the hinge freedom to move and a slight 1/16” gap along the back.
I also picked up a piece of brass plated chain and some eye screws to act as a lid catch. If this went unchecked, the hinge screws would tear out of the box or lid in short order.
I did a little more work on the drawers, and will try to finish them tomorrow morning.