Dovetail Themed Tool Swap - 2015

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Forum topic by AgentTwitch posted 10-31-2014 07:30 PM 19780 views 8 times favorited 979 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: tool build swap dovetail dovetails 2015 bevel gauge marking knife marking gauge saddle square dovetail gauge try square saw mallet chisel dividers theme

Welcome to the Lumber Jocks Dovetail Tool Swap 2015 Edition.

• Start Date: November 1, 2014
• Ship Date: March 2, 2015

What is a dovetail themed tool swap?

Its simple, build a tool to give a mystery LumberJock that is used in producing dovetail joinery. This can include: Dividers, squares, gauges, marking knives, mallets, etc.

The only requirements are that it is used for dovetails, and that it is completed and shipped by the deadline of 02 March 2015.

All input and advice are welcome to make this a great experience! Remember, this is skill building, not skill having (Thanks Waho for that phrase).

You can make dovetail tools from kits, re-purposed tools, or make your own from scratch.

Basically have fun making a useful dovetail tool to give a fellow woodworker. Might as well make yourself some while you are at it.

Signup details: Please respond to the forum topic that you would like to participate. Then send me a private message with your full name, lumber jock handle, mailing address, tool you plan to build, and desired tool to receive if you have a preference. If anyone would like a specific tool please let me know and we’ll try to accommodate. No guarantees.

The purpose of this swap is to promote an environment of community, and sharing. This is a skill building quest and offers a chance for you to get your creative juices flowing. You can (and should) post pictures anytime and if you’re struggling or want to know what’s the best way to do something we’ll help
the best we can.

If you do commit to signing up, we would ask that you attempt to complete the project and send it out on time to make this a great experience for all involved. This is important.

If you feel inclined to make multiple tools, please feel free to do so, just let me know that they are considered separate builds and that way we can get a deserving LJ a completed tool in the event there is an odd number of participants or someone gracefully bows out.

Fellow LJ’s may offer Kits and Parts or anything to help make a successful saw swap. Send me an email so I can put you on the vendor’s list.

Out of pocket expenses will vary based on tool, but should not exceed $50 and could be far cheaper.

4 months is the tool swap time limit. Please note the following suspense:

• Start Date: November 1, 2014
• Signup Suspense: December 1, 2014
• Status Photo: February 1, 2015
• Ship Date: March 2, 2015

Surgical Blades
Online Metals

Saw Plates, Nuts, and Backs
Two Guys in a Garage
Winsor Saw
Bontz Saw Works [Dovetail Kit at the bottom of the page]
Blackburn Tools

For Dovetail saw plates and backs, as well as turned brass, copper, and steel, contact ErikF


Marking Knives and Gauges
Norse Woodsmith Marking Gauge
David Barron Dovetail Knife
Marking Gauge Video

Try Squares and Bevel Gauges
Will Meyers Wood and Brass Try Square
Wooden Try Square
Colen Clenton Style Adjustable Try Square
Adjustable Try Square Mechanics Video Link

Dovetail Layout and Alignment
David Barron Magnetic Dovetail Sawing Guide
David Barron Dovetail Alignment Board
Paul Sellers Dovetail Layout Guide

Gramercy Dovetail Saw Instructions [pdf]

-- Regards, Norm

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 07:43 PM

Alright, sign me up.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 08:11 PM

I’m in! PM sent. Let the procrastination begin!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 08:19 PM

I’m in but have no idea what I will build yet and probably won’t think much about it until after Christmas, I have a pretty full slate until then. Have to do an ornament for the swap first.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 08:33 PM

Sign me up as well. I have a few ideas.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 10:59 PM

Yep, sign me up…PM forthcoming.
No idea what to build yet…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 12:50 AM

I’m in! PM on the way…

-- Power to the people.

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 12:55 AM

How do I join this ?? Anyway if I get a chance to join I would like to know the rules ..


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#8 posted 11-01-2014 01:08 AM

I have you down JMartel, Candy, Rick M., Kevin Grove, Terry, and Erik.

August, to joint the build, you only have to agree to the conditions at the top of the forum. You can build any tool used on making dovetails. You just need to comit to the swap by the end of November (you have time to think about this) and have the completed tool(s) shipped to your assigned LJ by March 2,2015.

-- Regards, Norm

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#9 posted 11-01-2014 01:10 AM

Pm sent, no idea what to make but have some vague ideas. Hoping I can make something worthy.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#10 posted 11-01-2014 03:46 AM

I’m in. Can I request a dovetail saw? :-)

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 11-01-2014 04:12 AM

Ive already started procrastinating….on deciding if I’m in or not….

I think I’m in. Just gotta see how a few things pan out here in the next week or two.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#12 posted 11-01-2014 11:36 PM

Found a very nice piece for making handles today… Excited about this already!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 03:34 AM

I am in. I will start after Christmas.

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 06:39 AM

I’m on the fence…need to think about this before I commit. But it sounds like a lot of fun, and lots of options for what to build. Dovetail templates, dividers, a dovetail saw, marking gauge, a chisel just for chopping and paring dovetails.

Great idea, and kudos to “AgentTwitch” for organizing it, I know this takes a lot of oversight to make it fun for everyone.

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 02:43 PM

Great! I am tracking build interest by Tugboater78, Mark Kornell, john2005, and Woodmaster1. Remember, that you have until the end of the month to commit to the build, so take some time to think about it if you need to.

If you are interested, remember to private message me with your first and last name, and address. I don’t need to know your build item(s) right away, but towards mid build, I should have a good idea of your projects for the swap.


-- Regards, Norm

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