Dovetail of the Day #2: Day 4

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Blog entry by doorslammer posted 01-20-2010 04:37 AM 1152 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Took another stab at it this evening after work. I found some clear pine I decided to use since I didn’t have any more good poplar scraps. The pine seemed to be more difficult to saw, like it was gumming up the small teeth of the saw. Chiseling seemed to go ok though. The results are acceptable again, but not as good as I would have hoped. Sawing the pins seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I did however, try something a little different tonight. As I was scribing my tails onto the pin board I clamped my tailed board down instead of just tyring to hold it by hand. Obviously this didn’t make the difference tonight, but I think it definitely made it easier.

I also tried Mikes suggestion on how to fix my day 2 attempt. I did not spend a lot of time on this but it definitely helped. This technique along with some sanding dust and I would be pretty satisfied.

Day 2 before:

Day 2 after:

The quest continues….

-- Aaron in TN -

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 05:48 AM

They are coming along nicely.

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 06:24 AM

Seeing the Day 2 and the Day 2 fix is great. The glue fill and tap tap tapping really works.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 12:30 PM

Aaron, I think you are doing very well with these, but I suggest you do the pins first for 3 good reasons. It’s easier to clamp the pins piece vertically onto the tail piece and totally eliminates any movement while marking. It is also a lot easier to get a knife or pencil to follow the edges of the pins. Much more accessible. Lastly, when you cut the tails you will know to save the marked out lines. This leaves no doubt about whether or not your cut is accurate. I did tails first for some years, but I get much better results with pins first. Either way, good luck with your dovetail journey!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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