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95th birthday present for an old friend

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Project by David LaBolle posted 1267 days ago 1407 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used recycled Formosan Cedar known locally as “Hinoki” to make this small display case for a friend’s birthday. He is deaf and known for taking pictures of everyone and everything. So, I took pictures of each step of the making of the case from ripping the old lumber to hand cutting the dovetails. Then presented him with the case and a small album of the process for his birthday. This was the first time I have done the pins of my dovetails so narrow at the top. I’m undecided on whether to do them like that again or not. I have no idea what the angles of any of the joinery is as it was all done by eye.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for





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dakremer

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#1 posted 1267 days ago

this looks great! I have never done much “handtool” woodworking. It seems very gratifying!! I’ve always wondered though (being ignorant in this area) – when hand cutting intricate dove tails, and etc, there is no way you can get the perfect joints like a powertool can. so how do you guys make it look so good??? sawdust and glue in the joints

Again – great job, and great story – i’m sure he loves it

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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David LaBolle

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#2 posted 1267 days ago

Yes. It is gratifying. The secret to learning them is a bit of practice. The first dovetails I cut looked like they had been chewed by a demented rat with rabies trying to escape from a bad marriage. Truthfully, you are wrong about the powertools vs. hand cut when it comes to fit. There is no way you can match the fit of a well executed hand craftsmanship. I admit I still have a ways to go in that dept.

Cutting dovetails means mastering five basic skills.

1. Cutting straight down at a perfect 90 degrees from the surface you start at.
2. Marking out accurately.
3. Cutting on the line.
4. Keeping your chisels sharp.
5. chiseling up to, but not past a line.

Practice those five skills and you will be happily using hand tools in no time.

Cheers.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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