Hand Tool Cabinet - Start To Finish #5: Dovetail practice 3

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 06-08-2015 12:53 AM 1518 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally found the DVD I was looking for that would further my education on precision joinery for dovetails. I bought a bunch of wood working books/magazines/dvd’s at a past auction and this was in one of them. By David Charlesworth “Chisel Techniques For Precision Joinery” including both dovetails and mortise/tenons. The key thing I learned: do NOT touch the knife walls until the last precision cut. And some other nifty things that I will incorporate into my techniques (from Paul Sellers and Rob Cosman as well). Knowing I will be eventually tackle blind dovetails AND I really need true dovetail chisels so not to damage/bruise while paring, I went ahead and bought “Narex Pair 1/2” and 3/4 Dovetail Japanese Style Chisels and “Narex Right & Left 12 mm 1/2 Skew Paring Chisels . I personally buy from Amazon alot of items just because fast / free shipping (one of the amazon warehouses is 30min away).
And this was the first tryout of my refurbished and sharpened block plane. Just had to take picture of the shavings. Planed down one side of the joint, leaving the other as a before/after look.
More practice is needed, and the picture makes the joinery look 35% better than in person. I did not concern myself with sawing past the knife wall, but I really should start learning not to. And I truly favor knife walls before sawing. I tried with and without. The knife wall helps alot with a straight cute (you have a reference) and the exact start of a cut. I also toss in my weekend’s worth of amateur saw technique cuts.
(and yes… I did a booboo on the first tail). Also learned NOT to have the tails so close together. I could not get my chisel in vertically.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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