Headed to Class #2: Cutting dovetails

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Blog entry by MickeyD posted 04-06-2010 06:06 PM 1485 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been busy practicing dovetails. If there is a way to do it wrong I have done it, but last night I was able to make several “right”. I have developed “tennis elbow” with all the hammering with the mallet. It will be a good story to tell the doctor when I get home. We just bought a lathe and Kindlingmaker is having fun making lots of shavings, but I won’t touch it until I get back from class. The poplar practice table is put together and looks very presentable. I have sharpened the chisels and plane blades. I head out Saturday morning. I guess I am as ready to head to Kelly’s class in Kentucky as I can get.

-- -Willing to try

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 06:26 PM

Great! But if you are getting tennis elbow then it sounds like you might have a death grip on the tools. Even for the mallet, grip it like it was a live bird (that you DON’T want to crush). This is even more important for the saw.

Also, fiddle around with your posture and work position. Really, you shouldn’t be causing yourself pain with this stuff.

Keep up the good work!


-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 04-06-2010 10:02 PM

Hopefully the classes are enlightening and enjoyable. I’d love to make a weekend trip to Berea for a class myself.

Being such a novice myself I hesitate to give advice, but if you are causing yourself pain then you might sharpen your chisels more often. I ordered a set of Narex chisels and was amazed at the difference in the amount of effort needed to use them after a treatment with the scary sharp method.

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 02:16 AM

I should confess that the start of the pain was from golfing. I was told I needed to loosen my grip on the club also!!! I rested up today and it does feel a little better tonight.

-- -Willing to try

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 05:54 PM

Have a great time in class every class I have ever taken has been worth all the time and money. And welcome to the woodturning addiction.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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