Blind dovetails for a case

Charlie Buchanan

Charlie
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I’ve heard these called blind mitered dovetails to distinguish them from full blind dovetails which look like a rabbet joint from the outside. Both were used before it became fashionable to leave dovetails exposed.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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Thanks Bruce, you’re gonna make me blush. It is going to be a case for my hardware template. The interior components and then a lid.
 

Rwe2156

DrBob
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I'm always intrigued by the purpose of hidden dovetail joints.

While I appreciate the craftsmanship, it sure does seem like a lot of extra work for what looks like a mundane miter joint.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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I had a little time today to work on the interior
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really straight grained pine likes to split so I had a couple pieces that needed some RX. It’s all good I can reinforce the pieces as needed
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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Interior in with the template in place.
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now to the lid! :cool:
 

JohnnyR

John
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I'm always intrigued by the purpose of hidden dovetail joints.

While I appreciate the craftsmanship, it sure does seem like a lot of extra work for what looks like a mundane miter joint.
While I love exposed dovetails they have their place and I don't think this case is it . Miter joints are the weakest joints and need reinforcement,usually a hidden spline or exposed cross spline or"fake" dovetail. Since this piece is for himself no need to expose the skill for others to appreciate. Ol' Sasquatch can throw this case around without worrying that it will fall apart.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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And now we will irritate you more with the lid.
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the joint will be a mitered bridle joint, or is it a blind mitered bridle joint, either way, you’ll only see the boring little miter. This is all I had time last evening to do. More to come, I know, y’all are happy for the warning:cool: later!
 

Jeff

Jeff
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I'm enjoying the build description, details and pictures which doesn't irritate me at all.

What is a "cabinet template" set? What is it used for?
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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That is a hardware template. It’s use is for the positioning and drilling of holes for the knobs and or pulls on the doors and drawers of cabinetry. It also can be used for line boring shelf holes in cabinets or bookshelves. I used to make my own Templates but I found this product and haven't looked back.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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And now the joinery for the lid frame
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it clamps up square and even so on to the panel! Later, someone mentioned getting a beer.
 
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JohnnyR

John
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Richard, when cutting the miters with the tenon, whats the trick in getting both sides even? I'm guessing first cuts diagonally cross-grain on the end but I'd be worried about tear out. Even with power tools and jigs I'd be worried about closing the gaps evenly on both sides. Your hand work is impressive.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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John, getting these even is accurate layout with a knife, and working to the knife line. I teach a version of this joint in the handsaw skills class. I like it because it’s strong and has a nice look. It also pushes me on the skill and the accuracy.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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The panel sets above the the frame. Study the other photos and you will see how it goes together.
 
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