I haven’t practiced sawing in a while. As if that makes any difference. It does. I will get to the bench and try my hand at a dovetail and I won’t know where exactly to put my feet. Or rather, I put my feet where I think they’re supposed to go and they don’t feel quite right. Or I don’t feel right and I’m thinking about how to stand instead of standing and cutting. First tail gets done. I start to cut the second tail and I start to feel that things are getting right again. I launch into th...
Hand cut dovetails are a pain in the butt. So some would say. I say differently. They are a giant . . . delight. Consider the dovetails below, cut by John in last year’s Resident Mastery Program. This drawer is pretty small. Dovetails are overkill for its strength requirements. And yet they add so much beauty to the piece. And these half blind dovetails are actually easier to cut than through dovetails. Hmm. Also think about the value of this hand cut work. It’s not just to hold som...
This has been my “forever” project. Yeah, I started this dresser last May. I progressed right up until early September. I have been following a plan i purchased from www.wood.com store. It is their maple with cherry bedroom set. Besides this dresser, there are the other bedroom furniture items: a sleigh bed, a nightstand, and an armoire or linen press. I got to the point of fitting the drawer pieces. These drawers were to slide in and out simply on the shelves and a plastic strip ...
Here’s my progress so far on my Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest. I got a very good deal on some wide Sapele so I decided to go with that. It’s starting to become one of my favorite woods. It stays dead flat, saws beautifully, and responds to the chisel very well. The interlocked grain, while a bit difficult to plane, I think will prove to be worth the effort in the long run. The crazy widths you can find it in are nice too! For the most part I lifted the dimensions from ...
If thy dovetail offend thee, cut it off! I decided to not use these dovetails that I have been practicing on. I read on two different articles that you should practice on scrap wood and not on your project (which is what I have been doing). Plus, I want the joints to reflect a similar quality/skill level as the rest of the project. So, I am “ditching” these dovetail pieces and transitioning to rabbet joints (not as strong, not as “flashy”, but adequate) with oak dow...
Pic of the tails (I’ve miss designated some of the other pictures in DT 2 & 3 I think – calling them tails when they were actually pins – doh!) on the second top piece. More tails – this piece really has a lot of resin in the knots – smells good, but gums up my saw a lot. The resin makes the wood almost translucent. Had to trim a shave off the pins to make it fit right. That’s a sliver for sure – all done with an old Stanley back saw &...
Tails of dovetail number three. Middle is humped up, but at least it’s not cut past the mark like the ends are. Starting to look sloppy. I’m not sure if I was getting tired or what here. Good picture though – the camera decided to focus on the boxes and stuff in the background. Dovetail number three I think – Whoa! Little bit of a gap there dude! And the view from the end – Wow, too much space in between the parts. I know what happened though. The first ...
Went a little past the mark on the tails on this one. Yikes! Looks a little bit jagged on the back side – that’s the side it’s more difficult to keep an eye on. Uh oh! Big mistake – back to the lumber yard to fetch more wood to fix this mistake. Just a teeny bit discouraging.
I am making a Toy Chest for my daughter Candace. Well, it is actually for her two girls Lola and LuLu. This project has been an adventure. This toy chest I am making it after a blanket chest that was featured on a cover of Fine Woodworking. I have modified the magazine’s plan somewhat; for instance I am going to add a base to my chest. Since this will be a toy chest I am also looking to purchase a nice hinge that will make the lid safe for small children’s use. On my lumbe...
Choose your tools wisely for the job. For a plumber, the sawz-all is king because demo can be fast and messy. Not so much for dovetailing. That requires a different touch. I have many tools at hand. Which one I grab depends upon many factors. When I cut dovetails, how picky do I want to be? How do I want the joints to look? How much noise and dust can I stand that day? And for me most of all, how late is the project? I have many options to use from my Japanese dozuki to my Lie-Nielsen back...
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