Jewelry Box #2: Pins first. A Klausian Journey.

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Blog entry by Jon3 posted 02-22-2009 11:36 PM 996 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let there be layout marks!

Here come the pins. I am a Klausian dovetailer. Yup, those were merely eyeballed.

Out comes the Lie-Nielsen chisels from my fabulous wife (given to me when she was a Fiance).

First we chop lightly just shy of the line.

And relieve the light cut. This means when you use your strike line later, the shape of the chisel won’t push you back into the workpiece. Path of least resistance now works in your favor.

And the other side too.

Then halfway through.

Followed by a solid thumb with the mallet, and poof, pieces fall right out.

Look at those clean lines!

Note on the last strikes, the chisel is angled a hair inward. Makes it ever so much easier to fit the pieces together.

Unfortunately, I got so full of steam after the nice clean pins I forgot to photograph the tails process!

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 08:41 PM

This is a great blog. I plan to keep following it. It is inspiring me to try some hand cut dovetails again. Great photos too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 08:44 PM

Good detail on this blog, thanks. Like Blake I will be following this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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