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Hank Knight
The writing surface of the slant top desk I'm building is joined to the case sides with housed sliding dovetails. Bill Tindall told me that the joint should be sized loosely so it would go together easily. I'd already cut a snug joint when he gave me this advice, so I was anxious about getting the panel glued in place before the glue tacked and seized the joint. I've been putting this off for weeks. I finally nerved it up yesterday and attacked the problem - with Bessy parallel clamps.

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4486[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4487[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

Inch by inch I cranked the panel into place. It slid into the sockets grudgingly, but nothing halted the progress. When I had it about 2/3 of the way in, I applied liquid hide glue to the rear 8" of the socket and the front 8"of the tail and cranked it home. It worked beautifully. Thankfully, everything ended up square. Whew! That's done.

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4489[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4491[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4490[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

Before I ran out of gas, I made the two dividers that define the channel for the lopers (the pieces that slide out to support the drop front when its open). They're dovetailed into the writing surface and the top drawer divider at the ends of the top drawer opening.

[url=][/url][url=]IMG_4494[/url] by [url=]Hank Knight[/url], on Flickr

I've cut and fitted all the rest of the drawer dividers and the panel for the case bottom, I'll glue them in as soon as I recover from gluing in the writing surface.

Thanks for looking.

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