Through Dovetails: Laying out and Cutting the Tails
In this installment of our online classroom, Gochnour explains how to lay out and cut the tails for a through dovetail joint
Author, woodworker, and teacher Chris Gochnour goes step-by-step through the construction of a versatile Shaker-style 12-drawer wall cabinet. Watch the process on video and download the plan. To ask a question about this project, talk to David Heim, managing editor of FineWoodworking.Com, in the Ask the Experts forum.
PART TWO: Cut Precise Dadoes and Rabbets
The success of a project like this depends on meticulous layout, measurement, and joinery. In this episode, see how Gochnour cuts precise dadoes and rabbets to create a case that will hold a dozen evenly spaced drawers.
PART THREE: Step-by-Step Case Glue-Up and Assembly
Instruction to execute this complex glue up. Gochnour shares insightful tips and techniques along the way.
PART FOUR: Construct a Frame-and-Panel Back
Use mortise-and-tenon joints to make a frame that holds a simple, flat back panel.
This episode covers the assembly-line part of the project. Learn how to cut tongue-and-groove joints that let you assemble sturdy drawers in short order.
PART SIX: A Shaker Peg Board
The Shakers used wall-mounted pegs to hold many things, including cabinets like this. In this episode, Gochnour covers some of the finer points of making a modern-day peg board.
PART SEVEN: Introduction to Dovetails
PART EIGHT: Introduction to Half-Blind Dovetails
Here, Gochnour begins the first of two lessons on how to cut half-blind dovetails.
PART NINE: Completing the Half-Blind Dovetails
The conclusion of the lessons on dovetails. If you make one dovetailed drawer per day, by the time you’ve; finished the dozen drawers, you will have mastered the dovetail.