I think the boiled linseed oil and sunbathing has created a rather nice patina, thus far. How about you?
As the frame rests quietly in the sun, I start laying out the dovetails on the desk. I like to use a mirror to keep an eye on the backside of the board. This helps me keep things nice and square!
Pins first, tails first … whatever! I can do both, but I find it a bit easier to go with tails first. So, I line things up and scribe the location of the tails onto the pin board with my marking knife.
Having scribed really crisp knife lines, I then cut just inside these lines with a dovetail saw.
Once cut, I remove waste with a chisel, getting closer and closer to the knife line. Constantly checking the fit …
... paring away waste and rechecking the fit.
Until finally … they slide together.
I check for square both inside and out, then move to another corner and start all over!
I think it’s starting to look like a Prie Dieu … how about you?
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed … more to come!
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #1: Getting the Jump on Lent
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #2: Replication in a Cold Dark Shop
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #3: Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #4: Mortise and Tenon Joints
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #5: Hollows and Rounds
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #6: Slight Detour
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #7: All the Single Pieces
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #8: The Kneeling Platform
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #9: Mitred Breadboards
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #10: Dovetails
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #11: Edge Moulding
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #12: Three in One
-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.