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mafe

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1036 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dovetails

I had to share this one with you guys, this is a serious way to cut dovetails, no more fiddeling around in a apron looking like a 1700 carpenter – power to the people!


Ok this is serious!


And clever!

Here is the link:
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/41791/dovetails-with-a-reciprocating-saw/?&lookup=auto&V18=&V19=&V20=&V21=&V22=&V23=&V24=&V25=&V26=&V53=&V54=&Taun_Per_Flag=true&utm_source=email&utm_medium=eletter&utm_term=dovetail&utm_content=20111022-childs-foot-stool&utm_campaign=fine-woodworking

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.


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tenontim

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#1 posted 1036 days ago

Don’t think I’ll be using this method on the next jewelry box that I make. Does look like a fairly good method for large pieces. If you are going to get serious about making large dovetails, use a chain saw. ;-]

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mafe

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#2 posted 1036 days ago

Laugh Tim.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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SPalm

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#3 posted 1036 days ago

I was just reading that article.
I guess….. I would have reached for my Bosch jig saw first.
I like the drill procedure that he used.

I once used my reciprocating saw for a sander. I glued and screwed a piece of plastic laminate to a long blade. I then used spray adhesive to attach the sandpaper. It made a really nice thin flat sander.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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58j35bonanza

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#4 posted 1036 days ago

That is pretty cool!
I have been trying to get the nerve up to install a tail vise in my bench.
This would work for attaching the end piece of the vise.
Thanks for sharing this mafe.

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 1036 days ago

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Mads, Mads, Mads. What has become of the vintage architect? :-)

Cut dovetails with a reciprocating saw indeed? Just man up and chop out the waste with a chisel. After all, with the pace of life these days, who’s go time to charge batteries?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brit

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#6 posted 1036 days ago

Anyhow, wouldn’t it invalidate the saw’s warranty if you hit it hard with a mallet?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 1036 days ago

Thanks for the tip, Mads. It’s really interesting.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 1036 days ago

eeeeeeeeeeee gadssssssssssssss…..use a chainsaw indeed, it feels like dovetails have just been violated….lol…....even though i dont do them a lot, i could not bring myself to use that method …..nope…but good try mads…....i like the old way…....chip chip here chip chip there….here a chip there a chip…everywhere a chip chip…...ole mcgrizzman had a dovetail… E I E I OHHHHHHH…....ANYONE WANT TO SING ALONG…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Don W

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#9 posted 1036 days ago

Hey Mads, after cutting with the reciprocating saw, go ahead and duct tape the chisel to the blade. It’ll save on the hammering.

I think Andy said it best: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Mads, Mads, Mads.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jjw5858

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#10 posted 1036 days ago

HAAAA…I think some love it and some are horrified…lol…But I say it’s always good to try new things, and whatever works best for the woodworker and makes for a good job and enjoyable experience. Personally I think my woodright’s book cover of Roy Underhill just started to cry tears…...lol

Always great posts Mads thanks for sharing some new ideas on these!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 1036 days ago

Hey man, you do some fine work in that 1700 carpenter apron but what ever turns you crank—go for it. I like the power method myself because I don’t have the patience for hand cutting. I use a router and a dovetail fixture.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Don W

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#12 posted 1036 days ago

we all talk about doing it the way the old timers did. Hand a carpenter in the 1700’s a router and see if he doesn’t use it …right?

(That’s what we call “justifying our means”)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mafe

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#13 posted 1035 days ago

Guys I am a big laugh here.
I promise I will never do it that way! If I should do it fast I would do it on the bandsaw but I am retired so time is not a issue only my health and I can wait to cut the next tail for a day or two when I need that.
I even trashed my reciprocating saw after selling my last house, no more demolition in my life.
But the part with the Forstner drill is clever, this I might try one day.
Smiles – whish you all a wonderful weekend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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David Grimes

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#14 posted 1035 days ago

I like the Forstner getting all that waste out of the way and gaining access to the three lines with whatever, too.
Thanks, Mads.

“We all talk about doing it the way the old timers did. Hand a carpenter in the 1700’s a router and see if he doesn’t use it …right?”

He would have to either turn his apron around to cover the bad spot or go change his britches. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#15 posted 1035 days ago

maybee a good choise when making a window .... :-)...........thank´s Mads
if not I´l just use the stone axe

Grizz …. thank´s for the new song to the danceschool …......
now I need to make a new set of moves .......lol

take care
Dennis

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