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Old 07-15-2011, 07:39 AM
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Hi Steve ... Nope Any other ideas?

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Old 07-15-2011, 10:22 AM
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:49 PM
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One more guess,

The first full length drawer, the dovetail pins on the left side look too deep, as if you forgot it was blind dovetail joint.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:05 PM
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Sorry Steve ... nope again ..

Gee, I didn't think it would be that difficult. But now ....

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Derek,

What struck me right away is the layout of pins/tails. Did you cut mark them backwards? Were the tails supposed to be wide and the pins narrow?
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Old 07-15-2011, 04:11 PM
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Chris, you got it.

I have this vague memory of gang cutting the dovetails for the drawers. Marked, sawed, chiselled, transfered .... and it was only when I was assembling the drawers that I realised I had the dovetails backwards!

On paper this should be a weak joint. However I built this Shaker chest of drawers about 7 years ago for my, then, 11 year old son. He has given it a real going over since then, and today it looks the same as the day it went into his bedroom. The wonder of modern glues?

For those needing an illustration, I do prefer my drawers to look like this one (from a recent project) ..



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Old 07-15-2011, 06:07 PM
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The very first drawer dovetails I made had six of the drawers correct and two (the first two) backwards. Those two rely on the glue to hold the drawer fronts. It's a good mistake to make because I don't think I'll ever make that same mistake again.... I told & showed on myself here because back then not many were doing dovetails so I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been noticed (especially if I didn't ask for others to find the mistake).

The other crutch that I didn't know back then was to mark the drawer parts with the cabinetmaker's "triangle" to reference their finish orientation.
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