I just finished watching the video "Dovetail a Drawer" by Frank Klausz. It
is totally amazing how he can make this look so easy. You can tell he has
done this before. This man "Frank Klausz" looks like he does this every day.
A true craftsman. That is why I wonder if he actually makes a living at his
trade or does he just get paid to produce videos to show us how it used to
be done. If anyone is making a living working this way I would really like
to here from you. Is there actually people that still build this way and are
actually making a living at it? Regards. -Guy
He is incredible. Take a look at Landis' Workbench Book, he's in
it with a description and pictures of his shop. What an ego
buster. watch his film a couple times and you don't want to ever
try cutting DTs again, 'cause you'll never be that good.
Dave in Fairfax
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Am getting in very late on this thread but here goes.
Yes, Mr. Klausz does make his living making furniture and has been
it for quite a while. There are people all over the USA who make
that utilize traditional joinery, primarily with hand tools for the
work. And there are people all over the USA who apprciate fine
ship and fine wood furniture. Here's a friend in Driftwood Texas,
Austin, who has been doing just that for the last 15 or 20 years.
summer he and his family delivered three pieces to a customer in
Back to Frank Klausz - "Making a Dovetailed Drawer" video - he covers
of ground in the video - three times in fact. AFter watching the
a few times you'll be certain you can go out to the shop and cut
perfect handcut dovetails. At various steps along the way you'll
you forgot something - some detail thats critical and you can't
what he did next or how he did it. On your 20th trip between the
and the VCR you'll start making yourself some notes and sketches.
BEFORE YOU DO THAT - I've already done it and you can download the
"step by step - illustrated process - with cautionray notes etc. at
Each page is a GIF image file you can download and print at your
leisure. Take the printed instructions to the shop, put page or
two on the bench and do what you see. When you get to the last
page you should have a handcut dovetailed drawer that's square and
hangs together well. The joints probably won't be light tight but
that's a matter or practice ad technique.
One of the subtle things he left out which is very important is the
tight corners in the sockets If they're not cleaned out they can
have you paring the sides of pines and sockets trying to improve
the fit when it's those damn corners that're raising all the hell.
As noted before, with a router, a dovetail bit and one of the many
dovetail jigs, most dovetail work can be done by machine & jigs
much quicker and more accurately than handcuttig. But if you want
"progressive" dovetails - several fine pins at the ends, getting
wider towards the center, or if you need a strong joint on pieces
over an inch in thickness, handcutting is the only means available.
If you want speed & accuracy, get a CNC machine. If you want
subtile elegance, and a lot of satisfaction in "the doing" use
handtools on the delicate and the refined stuff. And if you just
want something to hold something up off the floor or to hide
something in - go to IKEA.
Just my 2 cents.
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