|Project by bonesbr549||posted 06-16-2015 12:44 AM||1423 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
Well I’m starting this project as it comes to a close. I should have began at the beginning. It began as a desire to be able to do the (IMO) signature of craftsmanship, the dovetail joint. I’ve had my Leigh D4R for many years now and it’s as close to the hand cut as possible. I’ve made many boxes with good results. Inside I knew though.
So I set out to find a way to do it. I started by upgrading my chisels and also honing my sharpening skills. I have to admit going from the blue Irwins’ to the Lie-Nielsen’s is a nice transition.
I know the true hand cut dovetail is the best, but I thought I’d start half way. I purchased David Barons guide and It works as advertised. First one was decent, and each one after is getting better and better.
The next piece was to have a good bench to work from. I ordered the Benchcrafted hardware kit and make the version from their web site. I used 8/4” hard maple and got enough that I wanted to duplicate a version I saw on pintrest that had a bench on bench or extended top. I made my top similar. Not wanting to spend more money on bench dogs, I instead decided to leverage my clamps/bench dogs from my Festool MFT/3. Instead of 3/4” holes, I drilled a set of 20mm holes to match the festool. I don’t regret that decision. Being able to quicly clamp in place and re-position my part quickly is very nice.
With the added top, it’s kind of heavy. Ok not kinda but a lot heavy. Not easy to move around but thats not bad either. After adding the top, I found I no longer needed to clamp it down.
I did not post all my pics, but do have a series as I went through my build on Flicker.
I can highly recommend the benchcrafted hardware. Great kit!
-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.