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Blanket Chest

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Rather than hijack a V-carve post on dovetails, I'll post here. This is a hickory chest. Large top compartment and drawer below. You probably recognize the eagle on the drawer front. I also V-carved around the outline of the drawer pulls. Dovetail is more of a bear ear. Each hickory plank runs around end/front/end, including the piece for the drawer. Corner joints were done with Aspire.
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Really Beautiful job! Nice work. That will be passed down for sure.
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That is beautiful and great craftsmanship!!! Would you be willing to give a tutorial on the Side Joints and the Bear Paw joints? If at all possible and possiblity that you would share a portion of each of the joints as crv or crv3d files?

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WOW Mike!!!

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. The dovetails really make it...

Thanks for sharing...
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That looks fantastic.... and I have my hands full making sure my boxes are square. :D

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That's a beautifully Crafted chest Mike!! :)
Especially like how you carried the board around 3 sides!
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Thanks for the detailed pics of the chest, Mike. That is really some outstanding work!
What a beautiful keepsake. Be proud....very proud indeed.
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Thanks, guys.
Here's the info on the "dovetails."

The front is cut vertically thru a hole in the bed.
The two sides are cut conventionally--flat on the bed. Those vectors are enlarged by 0.01" to allow for fitting and glue. Depth of both cuts was 3/4" to match the board thickness.

.DXF's are for a 0.25" EM and are about 8" long, so will cut some air for shallower drawer sides or you can clip the vectors.
Do a practice cut in cheap pine before you commit to the good wood.
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You're going to need a new name for the drawer front joint. Looks more like a jigsaw joint than a dovetail joint to me. :)

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Thanks for posting your method, I will give it a good try next week.

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Dovetail is more of a bear ear.

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Mike-S wrote:Thanks, guys.
Here's the info on the "dovetails."

The front is cut vertically thru a hole in the bed.
Getting the board plumb and indexed properly for cutting must be challenging, I don't see any stops or plumb adjustments. One clamp doesn't seem adequate to prevent slippage during milling. Can you share some insight into how you manage your setup? Dovetails and box joints are finicky little things.

The workmanship on the chest is outstanding!

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Thanks for sharing the dxf file, Mike! Cant wait try try this out....but first I need a hole in my cnc table.
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Getting the board plumb and indexed properly for cutting must be challenging, I don't see any stops or plumb adjustments. One clamp doesn't seem adequate to prevent slippage during milling. Can you share some insight into how you manage your setup? Dovetails and box joints are finicky little things.
Mark, good eye, full disclosure--that picture was a setup. The vertical backer board has sandpaper glued to it (to prevent shifting) and line-up lines scribed into it (for plumb) and I use multiple clamps. Origin for X,Y is still lower left corner of the end grain.

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