I finished the dovetails, and they were OK. I have even tested them by making a dry assembly of the carcase.
I wanted the shelves to be mounted in stopped dados. Since I was going to make a lot of dados, I figured that I'd better make a small router plane to clean up the bottom of those.
A router plane is a really handy tool in my opinion, but I didn't include one in my tool set for the sea originally. Simply because I didn't have a small router. The good thing is that you can get by using a chisel, but it is more difficult to make an even bottom in my opinion.
It took me about 10-15 minutes to make my small router plane. The body is a piece of spruce, the blade is a 6 mm bolt with a filed head and the holding mechanism is a V shaped groove and two round head Philips screws.
The bolt is a steel bolt of the quality 8.8, so it is hard enough to retain an edge for some time, yet soft enough to be machined with a file.
The blade could probably be sharper, but for cleaning up dados it is OK.
The dados for the shelves are 4 mm deep(5/32"). I first marked the position and then sawed out the walls using my small Japanese saw. I then removed the bulk of the waste using a chisel and finished up the dado with the router plane.
The vertical dividers are also going to be inserted in stopped dados. I marked out their positions according to my plan for drawer lay out. These are only going to be 2 mm deep (5/64"), so instead of using a saw for the sides, I opted for a Stanley knife (hobby knife). I used a steel square as a guide, and the walls of the dados looked fabulous. The only problem is that I made the dados a little bit too wide. So the dividers have a little loose fit. I hope I won't show too much, otherwise I'll have to blame it on the weather.
Home made router plane.
I don't know why the dado looks tilted? (It really isn't)