|Project by Hammerthumb||posted 03-03-2015 09:29 PM||1818 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
Here is the letter that I included in the package I sent to 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,
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