LV goodies!

I've been hand cutting dovetails today with the LV dovetail guide i got for christmas . The LV dovetail saw and guide ( http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?SID=&ccurrency=2&pageA718&category=1,42884 ) are simply great. I've prefered to hand cut dovetails for some time cuz setting up the router and jig to do it can be a real PITA. This jig (and a good set of sharp chisels) made it much easier and more accurate than before. In fact, I dare say now i can hand cut the dovetails for a couple of drawers faster than with a router and jig, taking into account the time it takes to set the router up (although if i had many drawers to do, i'd set up the router jig). For me, the learning curve consisted of making a mark on the jig for which side to use for the pins, and which side to use for the tails. After that, i only had to make sure the teeth on the saw were pointed toward the wood before i started making the cut ;) I also got the LV sharpening jig and angle finder which i used to scary sharp my chisels before cutting the dovetails. My hand planes are scary sharp now as well. Don't know why i went so long without one of these, they are simply EXCELLENT. As some others mentioned, i too got the cabinet scraper 101 kit. To date, i've been burnishing mine with an old push rod So far, I've had a little difficulty in determining how hard and how many strokes to make with the burnisher for a good burr, but have narrowed it down and have gotten a good burr on a couple of them. I haven't spent a great deal of time messing with it yet, but the goal for tomorrow is to refine the methods until they work better. Any info would be appreciated. TIA --dave
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Hi Dave -
Glad you're happy with the new tools...!
As far as burnishing scrapers go - the most common "newbie" errors are -
1) Not preparing/squaring the scraper edge 2) too much pressure on the burnisher 3) too great an angle
File the edge, and stone the faces of the scraper - you want perfectly smooth 90 degree corners to start with...
You can burnish just fine with as much pressure as you'd feel comfortable applying with 1 hand...or - hold your burnisher between the thumb and forfinger of both hands (harder to apply too much pressure)...
Start with angles of 5-10 degrees only....you should be able to feel a hook with your fingernail...
It's a real "AHA" moment when you get it!
Cheers -
Rob
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Thanks for the advice! The LV burnisher doesn't need nearly as much pressure to roll a good burr as the push rod i'd previously been using did. Scrapers are A-1 now. --dave

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