My first dovetails…
Yes I’m a child to post this, it’s like to say look daddy I can pee myself, but really I’m happy!
I do not know why, but the dovetails, has been a hurtle, one of those I thoughts I would never get over.
Why? I do not know, probably because I connect this with all the masters of woodworking, and me… just little me, how can I ever get there!
So I have been buying books, tools and reading like a crazy to solve this little wonder ‘the dovetail’, and no matter how much I read I never came closer to it! Yes of course to understand it, but to feel it – NO!
But a series of events pushed me…
I bought one of those wonderful Veritas gauges, an old beautiful bevelbandit, and even a Razor saw, they were all wonderful to use, but they screamed at me – ‘DOVETAIL’!!!
Some comments on Elk, but the final push was when Div wrote me, that I should probably not start with dovetails on this project since pine was not the best wood for dovetails…
Yes, I’m a child, because this was all what was needed – that Div said ‘do not’.
My god I have as an architect build houses on 12.000 square meters, so how difficult can a dovetail be!
So today I was determent, and went to my workshop (after three cups of coffee and a tour at the post office to drag out time a little).
I looked at the wood, and said ‘it’s you or me’!
And here is the result!
Ta taaaaaa…. My first dovetails!
Through dovetails, with a mitered corner.
Honestly I’m quite satisfied, except my mitred corner gaps a little, but that’s fair I think.
I did not even have to sand of the tops, since the fit was so perfect. And I had to use a mallet to gently hammer them together, needed no adjustment.
This is how my work table looked (the Festool MFT table are excellent for this).
My marking up was a mess…
But my little bandit tools a dream.
And here you see a close up! Yes I’m brave, this is where all the critics come, but I love critics.
And the two sides done.
I was this close to mess up! My hopeless marking had left to many lines, so I almost knocked of the one tail… I made the first soft hid, but something inside me said stop, and thank you God for that. (Now I have a little chisel mark to remind me).
The next mistake…
I had not thought of the mitered corner before cutting, this came like an after idea since the groove in the bottom would be visible otherwise, so I had already made the one dovetail cut, so another little special mark to remind me.
And here were the important tools used.
I’ll make a review of the Veritas marker.
Here are a review of the Zona saw I made.
So where do I want to go with this?
Nowhere, just to bring you along on my little travel.
I’ll get back to this when I post my blog on the tool tote / tool box, from where this come.
And yes to say thank you again to all for being an inspiration, and most of all to my brother Div, for pushing me even he had no idea!
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.