Sewing box phase two #2: Dovetails and a bow front drawer

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My company vehicle decided to take a couple of days off by crapping a front wheel bearing so I had some extra time to spend in the shop today. Picking up where I left off when I went to Florida, I finished the drawer box. I was determined to have hand-cut dovetails. They didn’t come out too bad, but I still have a lot to learn. Once the box was done, I started on the false front. I thought about a simple flat front, but what fun would that be? I wasted an hour making two nice bowed patterns so I could use the router and a set of skis then promptly decided to do it with a hand plane. I still haven’t finished the Bailey restoral so I used the Kobalt. It did the job. I have a couple ash runners under the drawer and will add guides tomorrow after I attach the false front to the drawer. I’ll also add kickers before I put the top on. The wife took some pictures of the progress:

-- Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

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The dovetails are far from perfect. The camera was kind. I figured the drawer was a good place to practice them since it’s not visible all the time ;-) The bow front actually came out better than I thought it would. I have never used a hand plane for something like this before, and figured it would be a good time to try something new. I really enjoyed it, it didn’t take long at all, and it gave me more confidence in using hand planes.

-- Where are the band-aids?---Pro Libertate!

Some good progress.
The dovetails look fine. Hand cut dovetail is something I have been wanted to learn.
The bow front adds quite a bit to the look.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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