Following on the heels of the
dovetail/Klausz threads, I've been doing
mostly nothing in the shop for a week
except make dovetails.
Not boxes. Not yet. Just two pieces of
wood that fit together in a variety of
ways. By variety, I'm referring to quality.
I had started off with the idea of
putting together one set each day,but
that doesn't seem to be working as well
as I'd hoped, and I'm settling for 2
sets every three days. I may be able to
get that up to a set per day as my speed
in making one set seems to be increasing.
Luckily for me, so is the quality.
Sorta. If I take my glasses off. And
turn the lights down a bit.
Inside a week, what have I learned?
1. Overcut the depth of pins and tails.
Not by much but make the depth just
enough so that the pins/tails run a bit
proud. Planing will clean that up later,
and it'll look a lot nicer.
2. Even though I have what I think is a
decent (not premium) dovetail saw, I
still need to clean up the kerf cuts
with a chisel. I may have to invest in a
a better saw. I have this saw:
3. Making very narrow pins, while
attractive, is not a good idea for a
4. If you only "think" your chisels are
sharp, they aren't.
5. Oak makes nicer, tighter joints than
6. The more you make of something, the
more critical you become, and therefore
the better you tend to get. (We likely
all know this to be begin with, but
sometimes it needs to be re-learned)
7. Frank need not sweat. Not yet.
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