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Tool till end detail.

Back again with another installment of the Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest project. Sorry for the delay, but I haven’t had a lot of time in the shop this month other than wood working classes.

The till for the toolchest is a dovetailed box using through dovetails. The problem when using through dovetail joinery is you’re left with the drawer bottom grooves showing in the ends of the tail boards unless you stop the grooves before exiting.  Stopped grooves can be time consuming so I get around this problem by using a little trick I first saw Roy Underhill use in one of his tool chest builds some time ago. You begin by plowing out the box bottom grooves on all four sides of the till. Then, you basically rip the tail boards down in thickness, essentially cutting off the groove you just established. You’re left with thinner cheeks to lay out the dovetails on the end boards and you don’t have to worry about the grooves showing in the finished till.

Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean. If you still have any questions, I recommend you pick up a copy of Made by Hand- Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop.  My first book published in 2009 via F&W Media. This toolchest is the first project from the book and I cover this through dovetail detail in the chapter.

Once the dovetails are laid out it’s smooth sailing from there. Sawing the tails, removing the waste with a fret saw and then cleaning up with some chisel work. I wasn’t able to get the entire till build in this video so I’m calling this ‘part A’ and will finish it off in the next one.

‘Till then… (pun intended)



Here are some links to a few of the products used in this video:

Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Small Plow Plane

4″ Precision Double Square

Striking Knife

Lee Valley Dividers

Veritas Sliding Bevel Gauge