|Project by AnthonyReed||posted 12-29-2011 09:37 PM||2739 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
I know it is on par with a first graders birdhouse project but that is about where my skill set is currently :)
This is my first hand tool project. i figured i needed to move on from practicing saw cuts and making test joints over and over, and actually start making/assembling things i need in my shop. i was apprehensive about how it would be to get all my joints square in the assembly but it went rather smoothly.
i still have a long way to go with my dovetails. In the first picture you can see that there is a bit of a gap on one side. The dovetail in the second picture was so loose that i had to pare it out more so that i could fit a shim into it in order to tighten it up.
There is some tear out on the holes, which was a lesson taught to me by my countersink bit (slow and light pressure will result in much better results). Other than that i am quite pleased with being able to dimension the stock, cut the joints and assemble a square and functional little item for the shop.
Though it is simple, it is a confidence building maiden endeavor into the realm of shavings production for me. Hand tools are really satisfying.
Thanks for having a look, ~Tony