I’ve been wanting to try my hand at dovetails for a while – and beeing awfully fond of tools, I figured a dovetail template would be a nice thing to have for that purpose. but I also really like the idea about building my own tools and a dovetail template is very simple in design. However im not really sure I can yield my saw with enough precision to make a wooden one yet – allthough buying a dozuki really helped there. So I went with a different approach that gave me ...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) I shot the above detailed Video of master joiner Bill Anderson at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Bill shows how to cut a half-lap dovetail joint that covers the bottom groove in dovetail boxes. This excellent joint not only looks amazing, but it hides your grooves! BTW, he used mahogany wood on this joint. View the original blog post here. Yes, this video is longer than my typical videos, but i...
I’ve tried dovetails before with the one back saw I had before – a $5 Stanley cross-cut saw. Results were less than stellar, way less, even disgustingly horrible, so I gave up trying until I got some proper tools. I got a Veritas dovetail saw and some dovetail markers for Christmas (per my specific request). I bought a vise and finally got it installed last week. So, I was ready. I had seen Christopher Schwarz’s article on doing a dovetail a day and I decided to give it ...
Our basement needed new paint and flooring and a few minor renovations. In our large “living room” or “rec room” I wanted to put up a beam with lights in it. Here is what I was dealing with:(Right side below:)(Left side below:) My original plan was to put a wood beam up against the bulkhead (lower) portion that contains some ducting. Because of the two vents in the ceiling, I realized that would be impossible without a lot of tearing out, so I decided to put the ...
10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #9: |Step 8| Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
People called “Joiners” cut joints in wood, in order to get the wood to fit (and stay) together. There are many, many different joints for many different applications. I’ll keep adding joinery videos below (I’m starting with the more basic joints and will move on to more complex joints), so keep checking back. Before watching the videos, checkout this cool woodworking joint chart! (credit: David Royce). 8.1 Learn How to Cut Dovetail Joints Here’s a very detailed 15 step video t...
Shop’s log: February 16, 2014 Part of wanting to work with hand tools is learning to cut dovetails. Sure, there are other joint techniques that are strong once glued, but the hand cut dovetail is both a classic tradition and a mechanically strong, beautiful joint that doesn’t rely on glue. I had started practicing with marking and cutting freehand but was frustrated with the lack of accuracy—mainly due to my poor sawing technique. I finally broke down and bought a m...
I had a lot of cedar decking boards I took off my old raised beds (they were a seat all around the bed) to put the boards to good use, I thought my daughter in law would like a box to attract owls, but no, she wanted a bat house! After searching the web I decided to take the advice from the Bat Conservation International www.batcon.org and see what they had to say about successful bat houses, then I had to modify things a little, just to make it “mine”. I made a video showin...
Book Shelf – Portable Bookshelf – for Tabletop Wood Magazine – May 2003 – for Plans I used a Sliding Dovetail to attach the shelf to the Ends instead of what the plans called for. I found a Bed Headboard on the street on Trash day… was solid wood! That’s what I used. I could have / should have sanded the wood a little more, but I thought it would some character to it the way I did. A little wood burning was done for a Unicorn on each End. ...
Slow progress today. I had to do emergency surgery on the Shopsmith Mark V – the lower gear ratio mechanism decided to start grinding on the motor. So I was only able to finish cutting the dovetails on the side panels and the rabbets for the top and bottom. The stopped dados will have to wait until later. Oh … and I finished the removable shelf.
I stained and sprayed lacquer, and let the finish cure for 48 hours. Next I waxed the bed with Howard’s Walnut Wax and #0000 steel wool. Then I turned my attention to mounting the drawer pulls. I use Scott Collins “no math” method for laying out the hole locations. Then I offset the holes 3/16” higher than the layout mark, because the threads on the pulls are off-center. I use a full-size jig to mount the four pulls. -----Drawer pulls installed.-----I installed a...
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