|Project by Glen Peterson||posted 02-22-2015 05:24 PM||1497 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
I’ve been working on a couple of furniture projects and needed some tools for the projects. I’ve been cutting lots of dovetails and wanted a dovetail marker. After looking at lots of examples on Lumberjocks and YouTube I decided to use the design seen in the first photo. It is made of quartersawn cherry. You can see the dovetails behind are nice and tight in quarter sawn white oak. The little block behind the dovetail marker helps when marking pins, a simple yet effective aide that was shown to me by Fine Woodworking art director Mike Peckovich. It is used instead of the side of a bench plane, and has the added benefit of setting the pin board in a vice to the perfect height.
The other project is near completion. I’m building a Greene & Greene style end table in a class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking taught by director Bob Van Dyke. Those familiar with the work of the Greene brothers know they used ebony plugs and inserts as decorative elements. The tabletop is shown with a selection of the ebony inserts. I needed a small assembly hammer to set the plugs to the proper depth. Rather than buying a plactic faced hammer I decided to make a small version of the large assembly mallets I’ve made over the years. The plan comes from Woodsmith magazine and includes lead shot in the head. Mine is made of purple heart and maple and has leather on the faces. It is about 9” long, and weighs perhaps 8 oz. Fellow LJ Mafe has a good blog posted of this method and a free plan is available at the Woodsmith site.