|Stanley #140 Trick on Table Saw, not OSHA approved|
After this step is complete it's time to lay out and cut the tails.
|Cutting the Tails|
I generally cut both sides of the tail boards at one time, before transferring the tails to the pin board you should check them for square:
|Checking Tails for Square|
Now it's time to transfer the tails to the pin board. To hold the beveled sides for this box it's necessary to either use the cut offs or make an angled jig like the one shown here:
|Jig to Secure End Pieces|
A complication with this box design is keeping everything square during glue up. The small size makes it tricky to check for 90 degrees because the clamps take up a bit of room. If the box wiggles when it's on a flat surface here's an easy method to make it sit flat. I'm using decorative screw hole buttons for feet, these are glued on into 1/2" holes.
|Decorative Screw Hole Feet|
|Taking Care of the Wiggle|
This box has just been oiled so it's on to the next one. I'm planning 2 more of the Slanted Dovetail boxes as well as 2 more of the Urban Ranch design. I have a beautiful piece of curly Maple that I want to showcase for some other boxes, right now I'm leaning towards a sliding top design similar to the style of boxes the Shakers made to hold candles.