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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 04-15-2017 11:23 PM 1572 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dovetails -
 
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!
 
 
 
Follow my progress with the links below:
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
Lynnsay's Prie Dieu #13: It Is Finish
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Blackberry

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#1 posted 04-16-2017 03:50 AM

It’s looking fantastic, especially knowing it’s all been done with using only hand tools. Thanks for the photo journey thus far, a picture is worth a 1000 words. I was unaware of the mirror idea. Thanks.. Won’t do me any good with the Leigh but I might try it when I hand cut sometime.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 10:47 AM



It s looking fantastic, especially knowing it s all been done with using only hand tools. Thanks for the photo journey thus far, a picture is worth a 1000 words. I was unaware of the mirror idea. Thanks.. Won t do me any good with the Leigh but I might try it when I hand cut sometime.

- Blackberry

Thank you for the kind words. You’d be surprised how well the mirror trick helps with keeping things square. I really think it just slows me down and makes me concentrate! Thanks again. Happy Easter!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Planeman40

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 02:18 PM

Looking great Ron! You are the only person I know who can do what you do with only hand tools! A lesson to us all.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 04:20 PM


Looking great Ron! You are the only person I know who can do what you do with only hand tools! A lesson to us all.

- Planeman40

Thanks, Rufus! That means a lot. Thank you very much, and Happy Easter!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 11:24 PM

Designing this Prie Dieu around the existing William and Mary desk on frame posed a challenge when trying to reference the Trinity. I thought I was going to be limited to the interior of the desk, by planning three niches and drawers. When I laid out the dovetails at the back of the desk, I realized I had three groups of three pins.
 

 
I decided to squeeze the groups together a bit to represent an Angelus of sorts. We begin our church service with the tolling of a bell … three groups of three tolls each. I thought the three groups of three dovetails were just the symbolism I was looking for!
 

 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 01:14 AM

Ron,
Nice work, and you are correct about the BLO and sunbathing procedure, fantastic patina!
Correct me if Im wrong, but for number 2 photo you say “I can do both, but I find it a bit easier to go with pins first. ”, but it looks like you did tails first. I prefer tails first, because i can’t saw to a line consistently on the slope, but don’t seem to have a problem with the pins which require keeping the saw vertical. But, that’s just me & my idiosyncrasies.
Nice work on this, very nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Blackberry

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 01:27 AM

Thank you, Happy Easter to you too

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 04-17-2017 10:50 AM


Ron,
Nice work, and you are correct about the BLO and sunbathing procedure, fantastic patina!
Correct me if Im wrong, but for number 2 photo you say “I can do both, but I find it a bit easier to go with pins first. ”, but it looks like you did tails first. I prefer tails first, because i can t saw to a line consistently on the slope, but don t seem to have a problem with the pins which require keeping the saw vertical. But, that s just me & my idiosyncrasies.
Nice work on this, very nice.

- Oldtool

Thank you , sir! Not only for your kind words, but for pointing out my glaring error. You are correct I do find cutting the tails first to be the easiest, and for the very reason you mention. A classic case of thinking one thing will typing another … guess I shouldn’t have started the thought with, “Pins first, tails first … whatever!” At least I didn’t call it a dado! LOL! Again, thank you for you editorial prowess.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Daniel Solowiej

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#9 posted 04-17-2017 01:11 PM

The perfect patina, sober and more adequate. It is taking very good form friend.

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Ron Aylor

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#10 posted 04-17-2017 01:30 PM



The perfect patina, sober and more adequate. It is taking very good form friend.

- Daniel Solowiej

Thanks, Daniel. Hopefully I’ll have it completed by the end of Easter!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 04-17-2017 08:08 PM

Ron, nice dt’s. Where do you plug in the mirror? :-)

Also, paring with a mortise chisel? Now thats a light touch!

Nice work my friend. Keep it coming.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 04-17-2017 08:36 PM



Ron, nice dt s. Where do you plug in the mirror? :-)

Also, paring with a mortise chisel? Now thats a light touch!

Nice work my friend. Keep it coming.

- theoldfart

Thanks, Kevin! That mortise chisel is the only 1/8 inch chisel I have. Thanks again!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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