The workbench #3: The perfect fit

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Blog entry by dryhter posted 11-24-2009 02:42 AM 1558 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Workbench

The third video in a series of nine.

............................ Mortise and tenon joinery synonymous with fine woodworking, mystical like dovetailed joints. Working with wood is therapeutic in a way, putting you in touch with your senses and connecting your head to the wood. T he woodworker’s never ending quest for perfection. It will drive you crazy if you let it. In the first part of the video I show the perfect fit. At least perfect for me, on this particular project at that specific point in the space/time continuum. All is revealed. So all you novice wood workers watch how to make the perfect fit. You old farts can leave a comment and disagree. The rest of the video deals with the actual fabrication of the tenon.

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 02:47 AM

good show

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 03:11 PM

Dave, this was another nice video. These are far better than any reality shows on regular tv. :)

I know it is a challenge to film and edit these videos but they are informative and just plain interesting to watch so keep them coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 10:22 PM

nice video.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 01:58 AM

Thanks Scott and all,
Very kind words,and I will keep recording and posting.

For those that don’t know, An hours worth of Tape(mini-cassette is what I use)takes one hour to download onto your computer so that you can file it to use in an editing program(like windows movie maker). And then depending what quality of recording you make(and I think I use the 512mb) it takes about an hour to save the movie once edited(plus the time spent editing and adding Titles, etc.).And then you have to upload the movie to a hosting site so that you can add a link in your blog and have the movie play and depending on your connection speed and if your connection doesn’t drop out half way through the upload that takes about an hour. And then of course you have to write the blog. So it does take some time.

Too tell the truth two years ago I did not even know how to turn on a computer, so it has been a learning curve from the get go.

I have contemplated the editing of the content of what I present and I decided not to edit.It is a WYSIWYG presentation.It is real and it is live in real time. If you are a novice woodworker and are wondering how long it is going to do something, just check the time on the movie. Factor it by your skill level and there you go.If you get bored just fast forward the time line. You do the editing.

The other issue is a little more complicated, but it boils down to this “The very thing that I decide to edit out might just be the very thing that you are looking for”. I don’t think of myself so much a teacher or educator but a facilitator.

I know lots of things about woodworking and carpentry and I bet I learn something new every week or every project. And it is out with the old and in with the new. Hopefully you can make these jumps with me.

I will get off my soapbox now, but before I go, remember these words “JUST DO IT”

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at

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