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Workbench Build #24: Getting Ready To Cut Some Dovetails..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 443 days ago 1319 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 23: Where we are at since last update... Part 24 of Workbench Build series Part 25: Forward Progress finally... Top Glue Up done and Legs started.. »

Ok, so I got a little distracted with getting my hand plane assortment ready for work. I still have a couple more to go and another on the way but as it sits now I have a fully functional selection of old Stanleys that should get me wherever I need to go with them.

Now as I sit here preparing to cut my first ever dovetails (seriously have never done this before) I need to get my saws in order. I have been putting off sharpening these for a while now and it is time I gave them some attention. What spurred this on was last night I picked out a cutoff from the oak pile to make a quick saw bench out of and when i started to cut it to length all of my cross cut saws just laughed at me and went no where with it. I think a butter knife is sharper.

So basically this will set me back a few more weeks probably but I need to build up a saw vise and get these sharpened up before they will be of any use to me.

I am also going to replace the gents handle on my 8” Crown with a new handle. I have a piece of cherry picked out for that.

So that is where the bench stands (or lays I should say) for now. Hopefully sometime before my soon to arrive son graduates high school this will get finished up!

My soon to be sawbench top ready to get flattened.

Somewhere in this pile are some legs I am sure of it…

The Crown about to get a facelift..

The offending saws.. right to left are.. Atkins Rip Saw, No-Name Cross Cut Saw, Disston Rip Saw and Tyzack and Sons Tenon Saw.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



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Brandon

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#1 posted 443 days ago

Nice, Airframer! That DT saw will be pretty sweet when you rehandle it. I also like that tenon saw you have there.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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RGtools

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#2 posted 443 days ago

Airframer. I have some extra sharpening gear…send me a PM with watcha need and I will make it (or at least some of it)happen.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Airframer

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#3 posted 443 days ago

Well, the first attempt at the new handle failed.. well not so much failed as “I learned a lot from the build” lol. It was all going too well up till I started to mortise in the saw back (I even managed to cut the blade slot freehand perfectly! ) the mortise is too long and a smidge too wide so it looks funny. Time to start over armed with the knowledge gained from this attempt.

*@RG I just might hit you up for that stuff. I need to wait till payday next week before doing any spending though.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Don W

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#4 posted 443 days ago

you’re building quite a collection.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Tim

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#5 posted 443 days ago

Nice collection, I agree. Don’t wait until you get a saw vice to get them sharp. Two scrap pieces of hardwood on each side of the saw blade then clamp it all in a vice works fine, but it’s a bit of a pain to adjust. Better is to rip down the center of a piece of hardwood but stop just before the end (drilling a hole makes a good stop). Then slide that piece over your blade and clamp that in your vice. Saw that trick in a saw sharpening video on Paul Seller’s master class site. It’s free if you sign up. All a saw vice gets you I think is higher up and a little easier adjustment. Saw sharpening was intimidating to me at least, but it is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I did watch a lot of video on it though.

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Airframer

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#6 posted 443 days ago

Thanks guy! I just posted some pics of the handle replacement surgery Here

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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RGtools

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#7 posted 442 days ago

I might be willing to trade for a saw handle…

I too am flat broke till pay day.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#8 posted 442 days ago

if its cherry, i’d go BLO. I love the way cherry reacts to blo and the oils from your hands along with natural cherry darkening.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 442 days ago

Alright man, your almost fully equipped now. Lets see some DT’s!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Airframer

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#10 posted 442 days ago

Mauricio Alright already! lol.. I DO need that saw bench and I DO still need to sharpen up atleast the big rip saw there. I have about 6’ of 4/4 cherry to rip as a skirt before I can cut anything. I’m truckin’ along on these projects though so it will.. be… soon!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 442 days ago

;-) Sounds good man, just making sure you keep your eye on the ball buddy! If you don’t get this bench done before the baby comes its going to be a 2yr project. Bust out the circular saw and edge guide and Git er done man!

Just passing along the encouragement I needed and got when I was building my bench….

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 442 days ago

Brandon was kind enough to give me this motivational poster. I feel the need to pass it along. ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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