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A Pause in the Hostilities

I finished yesterday fitting the three bottom drawers to the Campaign Secretary I’m building and I started in on building the gallery – it’s all dovetailed now.

I’d be quite happy with my progress if I weren’t about to get into a car. For the next 10 days I’ll be on the road, taping a couple episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” with Roy Underhill, teaching a class in making “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” at his school and teaching another class at the Woodcraft in Atlanta.

I believe I’ll also be giving a free lecture next Saturday night (Feb. 25) at that Woodcraft. Call the Woodcraft store for details. They usually have food, so even if you mean to throw the food at me, it should be a good time for all.

When I return, I’ll have about three weeks to complete the gallery, install the hardware and finish the project before the March 15 deadline.

Piece of pie.

— Christopher Schwarz

10 thoughts on “A Pause in the Hostilities

  1. David4444

    Looks great so far, but it’s hard for me to vision what it’s going to look like in the end. If you have a “Finished project design” sketch, I sure would like to see it.

  2. is9582


    I see eckmane beat me to the question of questions. What is the rationale for no half pin on the bottom of each drawer. Are you just trying to throw us off?? Great dovetails, all in all.



    1. Christopher SchwarzChristopher Schwarz Post author

      Some time I will do an entry on the way I build drawers, start to finish.

      The half tail is a feature I found on several English chests from the 18th and 19th centuries. Sometimes the half tail is angled (as shown) and sometimes it is straight, like a finger joint. The half tail allows you to plow the groove for the bottom very close to the bottom edge of the drawer.

      I use this when I am not using drawer slips (another English feature).

      Hope this makes sense.

    1. Jim McCoy

      So which are harder to make, pies or cakes? For me it’s pie. Harder to get right but way more satisfying.

  3. eckmane

    Chris, it’s interesting how you dovetailed the drawers. What’s the reason for having a half tail vs. a half pin on the bottom of each drawer?

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