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Enhanced Dovetail – Small Tool Chest



The center rail between the drawers is a combination of mortise and dovetail. Not a particularly difficult joint but since it is at the front of the chest very visible. The basics steps for the joint are to lay out the mortise using the center rail for size. Then I carefully chopped out the edges of the mortise, finishing up with my hand router to ensure a smooth and even mortise. The tail is marked onto the rail with my marking knife and using a hand saw and chisel cut to size. Carefully fitting the rail into the mortise on the one end, I then repeated the process on the other side.

After planing the joint smooth I’m content with the result. A little more practice and this will add a unique feature to other projects.

Categories: Small Tool Chest
  1. Greg
    November 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hey guy keep up the great work your doing ! By the way it’s me Greg Faber . New hip is doing very well . I am allow to go for short rides in the car, but no driving for another 4-6 weeks ! It’s been a bummer just sitting around watching tv or reading . I should be able to get into my shop for some light work this week! Enjoy your posting ! ! one question when do you have time to go to work? Greg Sent from my iPad


    • Steve
      November 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I agree Greg. Great work. I’m glad that you’re feeling better.

      Steve Sohmer

  2. November 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’m a little confused, where is the mortise? Ah ha, looked closer for the 10th. time and spotted it — very nice! That must really strengthen that joint by giving more surface and shoulders for the divider to fit into. Looks like it may be something I’ll need to challenge myself to do! Any progress on finding an LED task light?

  1. January 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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