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    Stickley 962 server

    I got this very nice QSWO from Dan Cassen,
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    and wanted to build something with blind dovetails, since I've never done them. Settled on the server because it would be a nice place for the big screen. Picked the wood for the top, glued it up, glued up the legs and made the mortises and tenons.
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    I like to pre-finish as much as I can and came up with this way of keeping the finish out of the mortises. Plastic tubing hammered into the mortise worked better than anything else I've tried. Tenons get blue tale, ofc.
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    And glued it up without major mishap
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    For me this is much better than so far so good. No trips to Lafayette for more wood.

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    I picked a very nice board for the drawer fronts and planned the drawers so the figure would run across all three drawers. And started the blind dovetails, which I gotta say were easier than regular thru dovetails. Just seemed to go easy. The large center drawer has a different dovetail pattern than the smaller side drawers.
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    The center and left hand drawers finished, and the dovetails for the right one done, it was, I thought, a simple matter of letting in the drawer bottom, and move on to fitting and finish. But not so fast - Here's the final drawer, all glued up with the bottom in place. Can you spot the screw up?
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    Yep, had the drawer upside down when I so carefully marked the bottom of the drawer. Which of course was the top of the drawer. And now that pretty pattern that was going to run across the face of the drawers is shot. I could always cut the sides off, and start over and clean out the dovetails and make new sides. But how do I turn the dado at the top of the inside into a feature?? I'm thinking a sliding shallow pen tray, or..... I have no idea.

    Suggestions welcome.

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    How far down from the top edge of the drawer i the groove?

    A slider for remote controls would be brilliant but I suspect there isn't vertical room for that.

    How about just build a slider now knowing someday a thing will be invented that will fit there?

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    Excellent idea Scott. I can make the tray deep enough for the remotes. Thanks. I knew it would become a feature. Brilliant.

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    Well done, Bill. Nice job on the blind dovetails. There always seems to be a way to overcome a mistake. Should be very nice in the end. I too like to pre-finish as much as possible. The plastic tubing is a good idea. I use backer rod, which has worked well also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    Well done, Bill. Nice job on the blind dovetails. There always seems to be a way to overcome a mistake. Should be very nice in the end. I too like to pre-finish as much as possible. The plastic tubing is a good idea. I use backer rod, which has worked well also.
    I found the tubing while looking for the backer rod. Which I never did find. Probably easier with backer rod. That was thick wall tubing. First time I tried stuffing paper towels in the mortise. Talk about a message pulling them out.

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    Finally finished. I really have to find a way to keep my job from interfering with the woodworking. Perhaps part time is in my immediate future. Anyway, it was a fun build - now on to the 4 dining room chairs.

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    Great looking project Bill!
    Thanks for the tip about plastic tubing too.
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    Beautiful piece of furniture, beautiful wood, and great craftsmanship.
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    Really, really nice project Bill. What was the finish?

    John

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    Holy cow man!! I will go crawl back in my hole now. Nice work!

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    Thanks for the kind words gents.

    John: the finish is the same one I've used for the last year on QSWO: Varathane Dark Walnut gel stain, then sanded to 320; 2 coats of Amber Zinnser Shellac, scuffed between coast with purple 3M pad, 2 coats of 1lb dewaxed blonde shellac (Wellermart), scuffed, then 6 to 10 coats of wipe on poly lightly sanded to 320 between coats. Everything was put on with pads - no brushes.
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    Well done Bill!

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    Very nice.. I see the QSWO is on all sides of the legs...It appears two sides are a relatively thin lamination. Am I seeing this correctly? Are the corners mitered? Just curious for educational purposes on how it is constructed.
    Chris

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    Hey Christian - you are seeing it correctly. The corners are not mitered. What I did was resaw some of the QSWO to 1/4" pieces and built the legs around a core of poplar. The thicker QSWO sides are 5/8". You can kinda see the construction in this pic.
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