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HumidorMinister

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03-01-2013 10:01 PM

I’ve been practicing my hand cut condortails. (Giant Dovetails) to do the corners of my workbench I’m building. Time after time they were terrible. Then a fellow BOTL (Brother of the lumber) told me about an old article in popular woodworking authored by Jameel Abrahams, an outstanding woodworker & Oud builder. Jameel has been an inspiration to much of my segmented turning and inlay work so I knew right away I was in good hands. Once I read the article, it was like a light going off. Now I feel comfortable chopping up a condortail in a 7ft piece of 8/4 Bubinga. Here’s a pic of my first attempt.

[IMG]http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL2109/11908737/24313191/405833244.jpg

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 10:33 PM

Pretty impressive for your first try !!

Can you tell us the issue the article is in please?

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 10:37 PM

Do you mean to tell us that you are making a workbench out of 8/4 bubinga????? ;-)

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HumidorMinister

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 11:14 PM

August 2011 is the issue, an excellent tutorial. The bench will be a 6” tall skirt of 8/4 front and back, styled after Lon Schleining’s bench. The bench is hard maple and the base is made of some beautiful 8/4 curly maple doubled up. It’s what I had so I had to use it. On the end it will have the Veritas twin screw vise and I can’t decide if I want a leg vise or the Veritas QR bench front vise.

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 01:48 PM

Very nice first try. Thanks for the lead on the article.

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 04:06 PM

Nice start, HM.

I have a pictorial of the endcap I dovetailed here:

http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ShopMadeTools/BuidingaBench4.html

Regards from Perth

Derek

-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 04:12 PM

That’s pretty, Derek.

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 04:19 PM

HM, I used this same technique for my end cap dovetails. It worked great. Blog.

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 05:12 PM

Wow, very nice. I say go for it.

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 05:34 PM

Beautiful work guys, now you really have me crying the blues. Woodworkers Source is out of 8/4 maple so I’m at a stand still.

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HumidorMinister

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 04:58 PM

Derek, you are definitely bless by the Dovetail gods. Very nice indeed.

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#11 posted 03-04-2013 06:23 PM

HumidorMinister, thank you for the article information. I will have to see if I have it in my library.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 06:58 PM

Why bother with fiddly dovetails when some glue and nails( six inch ones are best) will hold nearly as well.If you cant find glue blue tack or well salivated bubble gum will do,just say it is a rustic piece and you’ll sell it fine.

Seriously I just had to say some of these dovetails are beautiful workmanship.I could never get the hang of my incra dovetailer jig and do all my dovetails myself by hand with a little effort it is amazing how quickly you can become proficient practice on old or scrap wood first whenever you get some me time it is genuinely good challenging fun. Alistair

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HumidorMinister

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 04:24 AM

I cut one end of the condor tails today in the bubinga, almost finished when I got a call that my dad fell & broke his hip. He’s in surgury right now. Everything will have to go on hold until I make sure he is ok. He’s 85 and sharp as a tack, takes care of himself & helps me at my business daily. He needs a ramp & a hand rail built now so I’ll have to knock that out asap. Please keep him in your prayers. Thanks.

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HumidorMinister

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#14 posted 03-05-2013 10:15 PM

Here is the 8/4 bubinga for the front & back.
http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL2109/11908737/24313191/405876916.jpg

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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