I started practicing through dovetails a couple weeks ago, since I had never even attempted hand cutting before, they are still a bit rough, but I realized that for this project I will need half blind dovetais, since with the curved front I will not be able to make a drawer box with a seperate face, and I really wouldnt want to do that for furniture anyway, it’s just what ive done in the past for cabinets. So tonight I cut my first practice set of half blind dovetails. here’s a ...
Okay, if mitered dovetails are the objective and three tries is what it takes to make it happen, then here is number two… In pictures: First, set gauge: Mark tailboard w/ miter: Mark, knifeline and cut mitered edge: Using coping saw to clear the pin ‘waste’ between the tails: All Clean! Now for the challenge. Hard to scribe cutlines on the pinboard because of the miter cut: Cutting the pin board miters: Clearing pin was...
I have never tried hand cutting dovetails before so I thought I would take a swing at it, I wasn’t going to film it at first but I figured, if I made a mistake you guys would get to see it. I did have a good time though, next step is half blinds.
What happens when an international company decides to return the premium hand tool market and a small-town craftsman supports the move? Well, not much. How about some background? On the 5th of February I walked in to my area’s family-owned and operated (since 1915!) hardware store and asked if they carried Stanley products. The answer was, “of course!” and I had figured as much because the yellow rectangle was everywhere on the shelves. “I’m interested in a ne...
Since I built my sawmill a year or so ago, I’ve had one major problem. Getting logs here to mill.I tried using my log arch but, with a 24” diameter log on it, there is no fun at all in pulling it on the highway with a big log, “just a swingin” behind you, held by a couple of straps, on a trailer with no springs. I’ve tried pulling them on the trailer and then pulling them off, but that way tearing up my trailer. My trailer is a 20 footer, abou...
I’m new to Lumberjocks and this is my first post. It catches me in the middle of a project — a Les Paul Jr. electric guitar, which is being built as part of a class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I should finish it some time in April. Last week, I finished installing fretmarkers on the neck, which was built out of solid mahogany with an African ebony fingerboard. Complete pictures of the guitar in progress, from start to current, can be found on Flickr.
If you read my earlier post on making my own Dowel Nuts then I think I figured out what I did. After reading my own post I think what happened was this… I tapped the threads in the brass while the brass was still warm from drilling the pilot holes and after the bar cooled off completely the hole size shrunk just a hair and that was what made the threads tight. I also noticed that the threads on the bolts were not in the best shape so I chased the threads in the brass with a tap and ch...
Buildup of a small display cabinet I’m working on that will hold Riker boxes, holding that hold coins/buttons/medals. Really good weekend project and a good beginner project to. Made from quartersawn white oak since it gives a good rustic feel. I’m still getting used to filming and one thing I notice is I need a lot more light.
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “What I Screwed Up This Week – March 1, 2011”- How I dealt with a chiseling problem. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/what-i-screwed-up-this-week-march-1-2011/
We continue on with the build and get our dados sorted out.
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