This lessons objectives:
We will cover topics such as endgrain breakout and how to avoid it. But also potentially use it to your advantage by breaking it out to fill small gaps in the dovetails. This is a much better way of hiding small imperfections as opposed to glue and dust as you get a perfect colour match in the gap, it's less messy, and quicker! We also cover how to flatten the bottom of the box with a plane so that it doesn't rock corner to corner.
By the end of this lesson, you will have a beautiful clean box, your dovetail joints will look spectacular, and you'll be ready to move onto the next stage.
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
You really do not want to be getting tearout at this stage of the project, so using a sharp blade at this stage is incredibly important! If you need a reminder on how to sharpen a plane blade, including producing a cambered edge, this lesson will help!
There's no point in having a sharp blade when your plane is setup to produce thick veneers! It's important to take off small amounts at this stage to both prevent tearout and be precise with our material removal. This lesson shows you how to do that.
This is another one of those topics that people feel there isn't much to learn. However once you break down the process of chiselling into subjects such as viewing angles, power transfer and chisel geometry, you open up a whole new can of worms. This is well worth viewing.
Have you got the plans yet?
The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!