|Project by KellyS||posted 12-08-2009 04:39 AM||8912 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
I’m taking a Hand cut Dovetail class at Woodcraft this next weekend from Rob Cosman. I decided that I needed something to carry my tools in and to demonstrate my true need to be in the class :). I built my tool caddy out of reclaimed pine and other scraps I had lying around. I think it turned out pretty decent…Serves the purpose. I couldn’t really find any plans to go by that I liked, so I came up with my own design. Good or bad, well here’s what I ended up with. I decided on the length based on the number of chisels I had and just rounded up to the nearest foot or so. The dividers for the chisels are made out of ¼” plywood. The width was determined by the width of the pine boards I had, again, I just rounded up. I think it’s about 8 inches wide and 24” long. After fitting my chisels on one side, the saws on the other, a slot to slide my squares down in, the well is just wide enough to fit a #4 plane. I hand cut the dovetails with my Veritas dovetail saw. I’ve only cut a hand full of dovetails, but I really enjoy doing it and really want to get better at it. I can make pretty good dovetails on my router table using the Incra LS positioner, but I really feel the inner Galoot / Neanderthal coming out in me :). I kinda like the old school ways of doing some things….some things… I still don’t think you’ll ever catch me using a panel saw though.
I deviated a little from the way I first began trying to cut dovetails, instead of marking the depth with a pencil; I used my marking gauge for the first time. I guess I had it set a little wider than I thought and well the joints are a little loose. More practice will help, I’m sure. I finished it with a coat of BLO, I just liked the natural look.
Thanks for looking.
-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.