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AlaskaGuy

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10-12-2018 01:11 AM

My first hand cut 1/2 blind dovetails.

What I learned/observed.
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1. I need to spend more time sharpening chisels.

2. I need better task lighting so I can see what I’m doing.

3. Hand cut 1/2 blinds take a beginner lots of time.

4. Need mucho practice x 1000

5. I got way more tools and junk on the work table. Don’t know how that happened.

6. My work table sucks for hand work.

7. Again more practice and sharper chisels, better lighting or better eye glasses. A few other things I can’t remember

I was hoping for better. I didn’t expect anywhere near perfect but was hoping smaller gaps.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!


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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 01:22 AM

I thought that you got some sort of Chinese handheld CNC apparatus that you posted last week…
Anyways nice work

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fuigb

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 01:28 AM

Hey, looks like the damn thing went together: that’s a start! Utility chests for the basement and garage need drawers, too, so press on.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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Rich

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#3 posted 10-12-2018 01:38 AM

Good start, AG. Nice shop BTW. Much roomier and neater than mine!

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 01:41 AM

I would be proud of those for a first try.

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#5 posted 10-12-2018 01:46 AM

I’ve seen plenty of antiques with similar blind dovetails that are still going strong. This is where those small remnants of the really thin cheap walnut veneer you wonder why you’ve kept all this time could come in handy as you practice your BDT’s on utility boxes, etc.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 10-12-2018 01:47 AM

Nice work for a first attempt.

I also have the same issue with tools collecting on my bench. I swear there are tools there I didn’t even know that I owned, but somehow show up.

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AlaskaGuy

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#7 posted 10-12-2018 01:54 AM



I ve seen plenty of antiques with similar blind dovetails that are still going strong. This is where those small remnants of the really thin cheap walnut veneer you wonder why you ve kept all this time could come in handy as you practice your BDT s on utility boxes, etc.

- Lazyman


Not that it matters and its hard to tell on a computer screen but that a piece of “Sapele” wood. You did give an idea though. Just for grins/experience I think I’ll glue that up and see how well I can make it look putting the slivers of wood and sawdust etc.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#8 posted 10-12-2018 01:57 AM



I thought that you got some sort of Chinese handheld CNC apparatus that you posted last week…
Anyways nice work

- Desert_Woodworker


Well I did, and I intend to use it too. I just happened to start with the LN.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 10-12-2018 02:01 AM

Hey. It’s a start.

If you can cut close enough to the line, all you have to do is a cursory paring on a pin or tail. Half blinds are a bich as well.

Might a suggest drawing some 90 deg lines on the end of a piece of scrap and practice sawing? Just a suggestion. Don’t kill the messenger. It’s DWs fault. Why I don’t know but it is.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 10-12-2018 02:05 AM



Hey. It’s a start.

If you can cut close enough to the line, all you have to do is a cursory paring on a pin or tail. Half blinds are a bich as well.

Might a suggest drawing some 90 deg lines on the end of a piece of scrap and practice sawing? Just a suggestion. Don’t kill the messenger. It’s DWs fault. Why I don’t know but it is.

- TheFridge


Drawing lines and practicing. Been doing that every day for week now.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 10-12-2018 02:09 AM



Good start, AG. Nice shop BTW. Much roomier and neater than mine!

- Rich


Rich this was not the shop that he was supposed to bunk us together, during our visit to AKguy in Feb 2016…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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AlaskaGuy

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#12 posted 10-12-2018 02:12 AM


Good start, AG. Nice shop BTW. Much roomier and neater than mine!

- Rich

Rich this was not the shop that he was supposed to bunk us together, during our visit to AKguy in Feb 2016…

- Desert_Woodworker


Yep, that the shop. Good lord, 2016, time flies.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#13 posted 10-12-2018 02:15 AM

Awesome. Well if you need a cheerleader I am here for you.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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AlaskaGuy

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#14 posted 10-12-2018 02:22 AM



Awesome. Well if you need a cheerleader I am here for you.

- TheFridge

Every woodworker need a cheerleader

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 10-12-2018 02:31 AM

Spurt

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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