|Project by OutPutter||posted 10-01-2007 05:56 AM||2457 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This one is the latest in a what turns out to have been a series of four stools I designed. This one was inspired by a sunny day and extra wood scraps from a raised bed garden for my wife. We also love to garden. We have both been looking at the woodworking shows available on TV like Norm and David. Finally the mystique of the dovetail joint caught up with us. I’ve been able to do a lot more reading recently and I’ve fallen even more in love with the beauty of a dovetail joint. Hand cut, machine cut, template cut, center cut, or what have you… I love them all.
So, that Saturday I laid out the tails and pins or was it the pins then the tails? I can’t remember now. Anyway, we cut them with the jig saw (new blades too). We took turns holding down the wood while the other one cut. We’re going to get some clamps soon. ;-) If my memory serves me, it took several hours of shop time over more than one Saturday to do all the cutting.
When we got close to finished except for a little clean up, I got impatient and dry fit it with a hammer. Well, it fit so good, I just left it like you see it above. If we can work a new router bit into the budget, I think the joint is large enough to cut without a template and I may take a stab at cleaning it up. But, since I don’t have any equipment to take the bow out of the wood, I don’t think that will improve the fit much. I’ve got no finish on this stool but I hope it will darken like the others in this series. I can vouch for the strength of the joint because even without glue or nails it has just this day survived a fall of four feet onto concrete and didn’t budge a bit.
Anyway, this project has already served as inspiration in other ways for us. After we marveled at how we felt a sense of accomplishment out of such an uglyjoint, we couldn’t help ourselves. We bought a real Japanese type dovetail saw for around $30 US. Our next project is a small box. We have some high end oak from the local Home Despot we intend to convert into four sides connected by dovetails. Hmmmm… can’t wait…..
Thanks for your time,