I sharpened my chisel for the second try and decided to stay with the pine for no. 2; Reason 1: The free pallet hard wood needs to be cut and planed to size (for which I didn’t have time today) and the pine is just ready to use. Reason 2: If I can learn to make a dovetail with softwood, then it will be easier in hardwood. This logic is based on my experience with welding. I learned to weld on 1.6mm square tubing and welding angle irons and other thicker material was very easy. Furthermore I have no fear of welding square tubing. (I may be wrong in this, as the same logic may not necessarily be true for wood :-). No 4 will be in some type of off-cut hardwood as the pine that I have been using will be finished after no.3
1) Sharp chisels make a HUGH difference. With a sharp chisel you can even try softwood.
2) I need to get a better dovetail saw or at least I need to sharpen my present one. I need to get a triangle file for that though. (I have a saw offset tool to set the teeth after sharpening that I inherreted from my father) and which I have used many moons ago.
3) I need to practise making straight cuts.
4) Using a chisel to get rid of the waste works much better than using a saw and with a sharp chisel it is quite quick.
All in all I think my second try went well, but I still need some practice before trying a box.
No 1 and no 2 comparison
No 1 is left and no 2 right
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