The Gerber Hardware Storage System #5: A Practice Platform

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 10-30-2015 01:49 PM 883 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Construction of the shelf unit for my new baby-food-jar-centric hardware storage system is now well underway.

I have opted to grace the project with hand-cut dovetail joints on the frame.

Why would I take the time and effort to use dovetail joinery on a shop fixture made out of scrap pallet pine wood?

Practice, my friends.

What better platform for honing this skill than on a knock-about shop fixture where it doesn’t really matter if there are mistakes and mis-cues.

Those of you who have followed my blog are familiar with my philosophies concerning hand tool woodworking and music performance being deeply intertwined. Practicing dovetails on a shop fixture is no different than spending half an hour a day practicing scales on a musical instrument. Neither of these things go beyond the workshop or music room, respectively, but are essential to being able to apply to projects / performances that really count.

The photo above illustrates the first hand cut dovetail joint I have ever done where the sections actually fit together out of the gate, and didn’t require a lot of trimming. Is it perfect? No. Are there gaps and irregularities? Yes.

But it’s far better than any of my previous attempts.

Perhaps with more practice, my skills at HCDTs will someday be adequate enough for inclusion on ‘real’ projects.

-- Ed

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 03:16 PM

I’d say those dovetails of yours look pretty darn good.

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 03:09 AM

Looks good, Ed! Practice, practice, practice.

-- God bless, Candy

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