Evolution of a Shop #17: Christmas In January!

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Blog entry by Cory posted 01-28-2011 10:11 PM 2896 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had some money I got for Christmas burning a hole in pocket…...and last weekend I went to the Indianapolis woodworking show and spent some time at the Lee Valley booth. That’s both a great and dangerous combination! I have been wanting to try hand cut dovetails for a while and after speaking with John in their booth I ordered up a saw, marking gauge, and dovetail markers. I also ordered a low angle jack plane. Everything arrived today, exactly 7 days after I placed the order (with no shipping or taxes, btw). I can’t wait to get home and play with my new toys!!!!

When speaking with John from Lee Valley about hand cutting dovetails, he said I should spend a few hours a few times a week just practicing cutting to the lines I draw with my dovetail markers. So, that’s on the books for me over the next couple of weeks. I will probably cheat a little and at least attempt a small box with hand cut dovetails. That might be another blog altogether: Trials and tribulations of learning hand cut dovetails.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 01-28-2011 10:18 PM

Cory, I hear ya a very cool and dangerous booth at those shows. Looking forward to March when they come to my area. Looks like some good new toys, good luck with the practice and look forward to seeing that box.


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#2 posted 01-28-2011 10:33 PM

Nice score :)
Hope you enjoy the tools for many years :)

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 12:08 AM

I bought the set of three saws – absolutely love them!

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 12:56 AM

I have no desire to handcut dovetails, but man oh man I want the low-angle jack. Congrats on the new tools! :)

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 01:12 AM

At last October’s WIA Conference, my son and I sat on the front row of Frank Klausz’s class and watched him cut dovetails. He didn’t use any markers, or scribe any angles. He did use a marking gauge to determine the depth of his cuts, but other than that he simply put the saw to the wood and “eyeballed” his cuts, and he encouraged us to do likewise. It was enlightning to say the least, and his dovetails were beautiful. He didn’t use a fret saw either. He cut out the waste with a chisel and then used the pins to mark the cuts for the tails.

Frank cut thru dovetails, half blind dovetails, and really neat hidden dovetails using this simple method.

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 06:14 PM

Live4ever: hand cut dovetails just seem like fun to me. I can’t wait.

8iowa: I’ve seen frank cut dovetails before too. It’s a real inspiration. I’m going to practice with markers and jigs for a while. Hopefully I’ll get tot the point where I can just grab a saw and go. That’ll be a cool feeling.

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