Columbus Woodworking Show--Part 3

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 01-25-2010 03:51 AM 869 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the next instalment of the WW show. Autumn—i included a photo of my mother’s pen just for you!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 04:40 AM


First, a few pointers from afar. On the dovetails you cut since the show, a little practice on which side of the line to cut seems in order. They look good except it’s apparent you sawed on the side of the line that was intended to be kept. Great attempt without me hovering over your shoulder.

In our haste, I can’t remember if I showed you all the little tricks or not. One of the important ones is, once you cut the pins and remove the waste, you line it up and tranfer the marks. At that point you need to lay the pin board down on top of the tail board (inside surface to inside surface) so you know which part to mark as waste. It’ll save the mistake you showed where you were using a coping saw (I don’t recall having one of those in the booth…) to remove the tails instead of the socket where the pins belong. Easy mistake to make which is why I usually show folks how to drop the pin board and mark the waste on the tails.

All in all, still a pretty decent third try at dovetails. Keep practicing, (get a little sleep and eat something first though) it’ll all come together at some point.

Lastly, in the soundtrack on your video I believe the commentary is actually is actually Uri. It certainly is when you hear the male voice say “I hope she doesn’t cut her finger on camera.” And what I really wanted was some video of you chopping out the new set of dovetails so I could see if you are still hitting the end of the chisel like a girl. And didn’t we go over the triangle marking system? If the next post about your dovetails follows this same track, you’ll be receiving my DVD in the mail.

It was a pleasure meeting you and you really did cut some great dovetails. Keep up the great work.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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naomi weiss

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 05:00 AM

Thanks Chuck! Actually—those awful dovetails pictured were my first attempt—cut a few months ago—BEFORE you showed me how to do it right. When i get back home, i will give it another crack!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 02:43 AM

Naomi, since it looks like you are practicing in pine I have another tip for you. First follow Chuck’s advice and make sure you are cutting on the right side of the line. Second, since Pine is so soft it compresses a lot so I would leave the line instead of splitting it. This will create a very tight joint that compresses together and leaves no gaps at all. Obviously with time you want to be able to cut it so you don’t have to bang it together but getting the joint to come out with no gaps regardless of how you assemble it is a real confidence booster and that is really all it is about. Good luck!

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