Dovetails #3: Birthday experience

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Blog entry by stroml posted 04-20-2012 11:13 PM 1083 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just thought I’d post a quick update. My birthday is coming up (tomorrow), and my friend Susan heard about my new interest in woodworking. Given that she knows pretty much everyone, she took me to one of her friend’s houses for lunch who had apprenticed as a woodworker in the past and had a shop in his garage. Lunch was great, and I got a lesson to boot!

I received some great tips on how to hand cut dovetails, and I also used some nice tools for the first time. Sharp chisels and marking gauges are awesome!

I wish I had photos of the actual shop, but I didn’t have my camera on me. However, I did get to snap a shot of the practice piece I had worked on. The dovetails aren’t perfect, but they’re the best I’ve done so far, and the experience was amazing!

-- Strom

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 12:42 AM

those dove tails are pretty nice.forget the lunch; what was this guy’s shop like!
does he no longer make a living,woodworking?
sounds like you got a nice girl friend as well.

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 04:17 AM

The guy is retired, but he’s got a full on shop with old school Marples, Two Cherries, and some Japanese chisels along with some great power tools and work bench. I’ll definitely be going back to pick his brain in the future!

-- Strom

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 11:06 AM

Happy birthday stroml ! Nice gesture from your girlfriend and new found mentor.

Nice dovetails too!

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 11:35 AM

Happy Birthday, and Congrats on the nice set of practice tails. Confidence in dovetailing is a real gateway skill, like sharpening is. Once you have it, many other possibilities open up to you. Keep at it, and enjoy your new shop buddy! That’s a great find!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 03:18 PM

Looks great, bet the shop was very nice, we have a guy in our area I am ready to hang out with
who’s done nice woodwork for about 25 or more years…can’t wait

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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