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Hand Tool Journey #17: Shop Made Dovetail Layout Compass.. Part 5.. Bring Out Your Rasps!

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Happy Mothers Day!

Just a quick update this morning. I had planned on keeping this update till I was finished but I couldn’t help myself. I just finished rough cutting the legs and I am pretty excited to say the least. It is a HUGE relief to have that part behind me because all that is left is a lot of rasping, filing and sanding to get the final shapes done and the “Possible Catastrophic Failure” meter is very low from this point on. However the shaping will have to wait till after I get back from the families house for Moms day stuff.

I was originally planning to just scan and print the design I drew up last night and use the 2 as templates but for whatever reason my scanner is refusing to scan. I then broke out the pattern makers tracing paper from the wifes sewing kit and traced the design onto another piece of paper and then went back over that with pencil.

Then it was just a matter of cutting them out and adhere them to the legs using spray adhesive.

After a few tense minutes at the band saw I now have 2 “close enough for government work” symmetrical legs ready for final shaping :D Thinking back I should have done a pre assembly before cutting just to double check that no integral parts would be lost in the design but a quick after assembly proved that nothing was lost and all functions wonderfully so I got lucky.

There you have it. I am probably about a day away from finishing at this point. The next update will be a Project post so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for following along on this silly little build of something that could be purchased for less than $10 but… where is the fun in that?

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com



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Mauricio

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#1 posted 439 days ago

Wow! That is friggin cool Eric! I’ve never seen anything like it, great job!

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

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#2 posted 439 days ago

This guys got talent. Way cool!!

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

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Airframer

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#3 posted 439 days ago

Thanks for the encouragement guys!

Shoot Don.. I’m just making it up as I go hoping like hell not to screw anything up lol.

A Sneak Peek…

Setting up to make dust..

Progress…. mmmm sexy…

Only a crap ton more rasping and sanding to go….

Could someone share the recipe for the 3-2-1 finish please? I’m thinking of going with that once this is all done.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Don W

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#4 posted 439 days ago

Scott posted this elsewhere

3 parts paint thinner or mineral spirits which is the solvent to make it workable
2 parts poly which gives it durability and moisture protection
1 part BLO or tung oil which enhances the grain.

This the basic formula of commercial wipe on poly but much cheaper to make and you are not sure of the ingredients in stuff like Watco.

This isn’t an exact science and I lean heavier on the blo. I tend to like 1-1-1 better myself for most applications, especially tools, cause you can just wipe on more blo with better results.

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

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Airframer

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#5 posted 439 days ago

Sweet! Thanks Don!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Mauricio

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#6 posted 439 days ago

the shaping is coming along great, that is going to really make it pop.

-- 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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#7 posted 437 days ago

More progress.. One down one more to go….

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 437 days ago

very unique.

nothing like a crap ton of rasping and sanding to make the day go by faster… enjoy !

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 437 days ago

Wow that’s cool!

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

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#10 posted 437 days ago

that’s pretty cool.

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

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Airframer

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#11 posted 437 days ago

Thanks guys! I just finished sanding that leg up the grits from 220-2000 and then mixed up some 3-2-1 using the recipe you shared Don.. THAT STUFF IS AWESOME!!! The grain, color and everything just popped to life after I hit it with that stuff. Now I am assuming it goes on the same way as BLO? Wipe on and let soak a bit.. wipe off and do over till it no longer absorbs?

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#12 posted 437 days ago

I like to wet sand the first coat or 2, but other than that, you are correct.

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

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