|One seat blank done.|
Jeff gave me a comment on an Instagram photo I posted that he would like to see how I do the sliding dovetail with the toolset that I have. I have done a few sliding dovetails before, and I think I would probably do them the same even if I had more tools, except that a router plane sure would make this easier.
I don't have photos of how I made the battens. I made them with a 10 degree slope on each side. This is pretty easy to be accurate on. If you can plane a square edge on a board, you can also plane any angle on the edge you want. It is the same process.
Since I don't have one, I make do with a chisel instead. Here's a visual tutorial:
|First mark where the batten will go.|
|I then clamp the batten upside down as a saw guide.|
|The batten holds the saw at the perfect angle.|
Here's a short video of how this works:
|Sneak up on the line, then repeat for the other side of the batten.|
|Here I'm starting to chop out the waste. I want a nice crisp edge, so I start by chopping out half the waste, then half of that until I can't go halfsies anymore.|
|Half of the waste...|
|until I get to the line. Then clean it up a bit and come in from the other side of the board.|
|With the edges done, I go bevel down to remove most of the waste.|
|I'm not too worried about how it looks yet, just don't get too aggressive.|
Also, it is important to take a moment here and sharpen the chisel and/or router plane. A new edge will make this easier and more accurate.
|Now I start taking down the high spots until it starts to look nice.|
|It is starting to look nice, but I need to check that the depth is enough not to get in the way of the batten.|
|I check that with both my marking gauge,|
|and some kind of straight edge. You can see here I have a ways to go still.|
|Done! Does it fit?|
|Yes! First try.|
Speaking of new tools, I need to get a brace or a new drill to drill the holes for the legs in the next post. The cheap Chinese corded one I have does not have enough torque to drive my 3/4" bit through pine. Unbelievable!