LumberJocks

Dovetail Themed Tool Swap

  • Advertise with us
Project by Hammerthumb posted 03-03-2015 09:29 PM 1818 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the letter that I included in the package I sent to Ripthorn.

Ripthorn,

Here is my attempt at some of the tools you might use doing dovetails. I have provided 4 individual packages. Please open in order while reading this. And be careful as there is some sharp edges in the packages.

Package 1. Here is a set of marking knives, left and right bevel. I have made these with Bubinga, O-1 tool steel, and brass pins. After using a spearpoint type knife for many years, I made some left and right knives and like the way they work. I always cut tails first, and use the tails for scribing the pin layout. I hope you give these a try, and I hope they work as well for you as they do for me.

Package 2. I have made a dovetail layout tool at 1:8. I like this angle for small and delicate dovetails. The tool is made with Bubinga and brass.

Package 3. Here is a saw guide tool. It is also Bubinga and brass with a little slick tape on the sides. I have never used one except for the test run I did after making this one. I am not sure about the size of this one compared to others, as it seemed a bit clunky after I finished it. It is the same 1:8 ratio as the layout tool in package 2. After taking it for a test run, I put together another one for myself, but have yet to install the magnets. I really like the speed advantage it can provide if you have a lot of drawers to do. I hope it works well for you.

Package 4. I spent quite some time making this fishtail chisel. The angel of the sides is 1:7 which is a little steeper than other tools. I think this will help getting into the corners of sockets in half blinds. The chisel is made again of Bubinga, with brass ferrules, and O-1 tool steel. I have heat treated a lot of small blades, but for this tool I actually put together a small forge and will post a picture of it in my projects after the swap. After treating and tempering, I tried to give it some shine, but there is still some small scratch patterns that can be seen. Also, the brass ferrules are made of plumbing parts and are slightly thicker than what you would normally see on a store bought chisel. But again, my apologies for the top ferrule as it looks slightly crooked. I did not realize this until after I installed it. The top of the chisel is flat, it is just the ferrule that is slightly off. I did not have the chance to use this tool, and have never made one before. Please let me know how this works as I have a couple more already in progress. One more thing, the chisel is very sharp, but may lose its edge quickly. You will not get to really good steel until it has been sharpened a couple of times.

Your LJ friend,

Paul
HammerThumb

Thanks go to Agent Twitch for being the moderator for this swap. I found it to be a lot of fun making these. I have plans for a few other specialty chisels for myself.

Thanks for looking.

-- Paul, Las Vegas





19 comments so far

View JoeinGa's profile

JoeinGa

7483 posts in 1473 days


#1 posted 03-03-2015 09:57 PM

Wow. VERY nice !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View AnthonyReed's profile

AnthonyReed

8739 posts in 1906 days


#2 posted 03-03-2015 10:13 PM

Absolutely wonderful Paul. Outstanding job.

-- ~Tony

View bobasaurus's profile

bobasaurus

2673 posts in 2650 days


#3 posted 03-03-2015 10:58 PM

Wow, these are impressive tools (and even your own heat treating, very nice). The chisel is really amazing, might have to try one someday. Love the little layout tool / unsquare lol.

-- Allen, Colorado

View Dave's profile

Dave

11405 posts in 2306 days


#4 posted 03-04-2015 12:16 AM

Beautiful! And very useful
Well done!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

View theoldfart's profile

theoldfart

8122 posts in 1917 days


#5 posted 03-04-2015 01:15 AM

Paul, really digging the fishtail. Nice work, hope to see more.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

View BigRedKnothead's profile

BigRedKnothead

8012 posts in 1448 days


#6 posted 03-04-2015 02:54 AM

I like your style brotha. Way to bring the heat;)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

View ShaneA's profile

ShaneA

6475 posts in 2064 days


#7 posted 03-04-2015 02:56 AM

Great looking set. The chisel is great addition to the arsenal.

View Rick M's profile

Rick M

7929 posts in 1846 days


#8 posted 03-04-2015 03:04 AM

Top quality, as usual!

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View eddie's profile

eddie

8443 posts in 2080 days


#9 posted 03-04-2015 03:16 AM

yall are making some awesome ,dove tailing tools

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

View Hammerthumb's profile

Hammerthumb

2533 posts in 1441 days


#10 posted 03-04-2015 03:20 AM

Thanks everyone. Nice to hear from ya, SuperDave.

Red – check your mailbox on Friday. You can see one up close.

Thanks again.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

View Tim's profile

Tim

3119 posts in 1427 days


#11 posted 03-04-2015 03:50 AM

That’s a great set of tools. The hand made fishtail chisel is a particularly good idea. Good thing you didn’t need any extra heat source for your heat treating, just leave the bricks out in the Vegas sun.

View ToddJB's profile

ToddJB

6912 posts in 1596 days


#12 posted 03-04-2015 04:20 AM

Stunning job, Paul. And I’m glad to read that wasn’t a tri-square cause, well, its not.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

View Tugboater78's profile

Tugboater78

2450 posts in 1658 days


#13 posted 03-04-2015 04:34 AM

Awesome set!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

View ColonelTravis's profile

ColonelTravis

1192 posts in 1360 days


#14 posted 03-04-2015 04:56 AM

Fantastic. Hammer, how do you like squarish handle marking knives vs. cylinder? I’ve got cylinder but have been thinking about making something like what you have here.

View Hammerthumb's profile

Hammerthumb

2533 posts in 1441 days


#15 posted 03-04-2015 05:47 AM

Actually, the handle is only square towards the blade. Keeps them from rolling around on the bench. Also gives the index finger a better purch when holding like a pencil. Thanks for asking.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com