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Blog entry by synecdoche posted 01-08-2013 12:51 AM 960 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I posted anything! I started a new job a couple of months ago and other things have taken a back seat.

I got back down into the workshop last weekend after a trip to Lee Valley and a find on the local classifieds. I picked up a few small tools—a chisel and a dovetail saw, most notably—at the former and a 10-year-old Craftsman router at the latter.

The router works well but sorely needs some new bits. I haven’t had much occasion to play with it yet, though.

I’ve been spending more time trying to learn to cut dovetails, with middling success. At this point I am getting the cuts okay, but when I chisel out the waste between the tails I don’t seem to get anywhere. I’ve been learning from John Bullar’s excellent Youtube videos, and he just makes it look easy! I can’t seem to get through the wood with my chisel, though. I don’t know if it is too dull, or the wrong shape, or if I’m just inept. Anyway, I guess it is all a learning experience.

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 01:59 AM

sharp chisels make all the difference in the world. even brand new chisels/planes may not be at their sharpest.

If you don’t feel like spending the money on sharpening stuff right now, you can look for local businesses that do it.

With that being said, I’ve had very good results using the Scary Sharp sandpaper method…there are a billion posts on this site and out on Youtube that will show you how to do it.

-- Steve

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