As I continue the hope chest build I am working on the through dovetails for the case. I sat down turned on some music and started chiseling out the waste between the tails. Once that was done I used the tail boards to mark the location of the pins. I know people do it different ways pins first or tails first. I learned it this way so that is the way I do it. Once the pins were marked some careful sawing and more chiseling. When that was done it was time for the big test fit. I was very happy that these fit together very well right of the bat. I used a smoothing plane to plane the pins and tails to a dress it up and put a little water on the joint to check it out. I am very happy with this corner now to repeat the process 3 more time with as good a result may be tough. I also wanted to mention the mallet I use. It is from the Wood is Good Company and I have several as they have different sizes. I use it for this application but i also use it for mallet wood carving. The mallets hold up to an incredible beating and are quieter then using a wood mallet. These mallets are carried by many of the woodcarving tool venders but my favorite is the Woodcraft Shop in Bettendorf, Iowa.
The process continues
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