Dovetails #2: Another (Improved) Hacksaw Attempt

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Blog entry by stroml posted 04-01-2012 02:08 AM 1501 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just thought I’d give y’all an update since my first disaster. I chose to forgo the dull chisel this time and just went with the hacksaw, vise, and pencil. This time was much better as far as fit, but still pretty fugly. I’d give it a 4.5/10 as opposed to a 1/10 I would have given my last adventure.

Here are some action shots.

Cutting new tails (notice the first ones I did on the opposite end).

Now the pins with my new and improved #2 marking device. Why didn’t anyone tell me good lines result in good cuts?

And finally, the fit. They looked good one way, but the depth was a bit off in the other dimension. Oh well. I was making things worse with my “paring hacksaw”, so I just quit while I was ahead.

Overall, I would say much improved! Though if you start at rock bottom, there’s a lot of room above you ;)

I’ve still got a long ways to go to make something presentable on a real project, but this is at least a step in the right direction. I can’t wait for my dozuki and coping saw to come. After I get my saws, all I have to do is get some decent chisels and find a good sharpening system.

-- Strom

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 02:18 AM

for a more than decent sharpening station, look at the worksharp. Love mine

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 02:19 AM

simplest sharpening is using a guide and sheet of glass with iron oxide sandpaper. To get it down you can make a dovetail guide untile you get it?

You can even get a cheapo stanley miter box and back saw whih hs a straight back if you get in trouble with the japanese saw! LOL!

another idea, make em bigger and slower! Maybe some tighter grained wood?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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