Woodworking Awards 2008 - 2x4 #4: Dovetailing (NPDH)

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 01-10-2008 04:15 AM 1806 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I did not get out to the shop last night . . . rough day at work drained the good right out of me. I did get out tonight to work on dovetails.

Well . . . I did better than I expected. Now I’m not saying I going to win any awards for my dovetail joinery, but the four pieces of the top did fit together.

On my practice run I found that the Irwin Dovetail saw I had purchased was just to rough on the spruce. So I put it away. I found the best saw was my Stanley Japanese pull saw . . . unfortunately it was a bit “wobbly” and upon close inspection it shows in the finished project. But I still happy with the joints as my first attempt.

My chisels could have been a smidge sharper as it was a challenge to chop out the remaining bits after using the coping saw.

I gotta get myself a striking knife as well . . . I was using a mechanical pencil and had to cut inside the lines.

Its all a learning experience.

Pics . . . well . . . the batteries went dead in the camera and we could not find the spares. Honest I tell you.

Sorry Jamie . . . no pics tonight.

I have 9 more dovetails to cut – 4 for the bottom and another 6 for the Project X Twin.

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 04:18 AM

That’s Okay Zuki. Sounds like you had a productive evening. I didn’t get much of anything done yesterday myself. Don’t you just hate it when work interferes with woodworking!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 04:59 AM

Today was toy making. it was a good day. only 46 more weeks until we deliver them again. 1200 toys to go.

What can I say about your project. Not much so I’ll talk about my day.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 05:01 AM

Making progress to say the least!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 11:15 AM

Progress is good.

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#5 posted 01-10-2008 01:01 PM

…work drained the good right out of me.” Boy don’t I know that feeling. Ain’t it a kick in the head that work gets in the way of the good stuff?

Good luck on the dovetails. Someday I’ll be confident enough to try them on something I post. And, someday you’ll even have pictures … check your batteries, I did, and it was worth the effort. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 03:21 PM

it’s all about the challenge and it sounds like you are meeting yours head on and are pleased with the results. Can life get any better??
(Yes, i know, if that new bandsaw was sitting in your shop)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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