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This small drawer rides under the top of a Shaker inspired sewing table. The joint is a cove and pin–a popular machine made joint from around 1880-1910. I made these with a combination of machine and hand work. The table is made of poplar, stained and varnished.
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Years ago I stopped in Pat Speilmans store in Door County Wisconsin and there was a jig for about $30 that you used a scrollsaw and a drill press to make the joint.
A jig, cutters and templates for the Pin and Crescent joint is available at Woodworker.com
I've used one, and found it to be quite fussy to set up, and you must always have strong and steady control of the tools. The milling operations on the drawer's end grain are prone to tear-out, so it pays to use a series of light passes with a climb cut, in one direction. This joint is not a "slam, bam, thank you ma'am" operation. Be very deliberate, and be very careful during the routing operations.
Like the dovetail, the pin and crescent joint is unmatched for its simple elegance, and it's natural strength. Truly a thing of beauty!
I have some were an articel in FWW on how to make these joints,I have never tried to make any.It is in the older FWW volumes I think from the 70s anyway very nice looking joint you got my vote.
They are beautiful. Nicely done. But done with a jig, I'm not sure if they compare with the other hand cut entrants.
Still, they are unusual, and have a delicate refined look that I appreciate.
You got my vote all the way out here from Burlington, WA! Dan Riffle? I know you! Jim Bradbury here and amazed at your work. Great photo by Lisa too! Happy New Year and I hope you win. Get in touch!
What a beautiful joint! I too would like to see how it's made. If not I think I'll try some trial and error and see if I can duplicate it.
FWW #59 details one method for making them, if you have access to the archive.
I used a combination of router table, plug cutter and hand shaping.
Any editors reading? I'd love to write it up :)
Most impressive! I would like to know more.
this dovetail look elegant. i'll really love it more if i able to design this beautiful piece.well done with the nice work.
Wow, what a showy joint. Any chance you could share more about how you created that joint?
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