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  1. Dove Tailing

    Great series, Thanks!
  2. Dove Tailing

    A high school friend collects antiques. He was also an auto body/collision repair business owner with a reputation for quality work/painting. He once told me the same thing about the old dovetails. Strong joint but made fast and sloppy. His remarks were pretty much the same as yours, Cliff.
  3. Dove Tailing

    Mine is the 16" really heavy Omnijig. Another reason I learned to make hand cut dovetails-
  4. Dove Tailing

    Like many of us, "Norm" peaked our interest in woodworking although I had been at it a lot longer. Norm taught me techniques. When I saw him doing dovetails with a Porter Cable dovetailing jig, I saw how perfectly they fit together and their symmetry. Of course I "had" to have one of those, including all of the various style adapters! Later, Norm starting using the Leigh dovetailing jig. Wow you could make dovetails that were not evenly spaced but still symmetrical. So I bought the Porter Cable attachment that did the same thing. I was set! I made dovetails! The problems then reared their ugly heads. What Norm never mentioned was that it took, what seemed to be forever, to set up the jig. Centering, depth, spacing, test, repeat. Even with lots of home made setup jigs an hour or so was spent just getting ready. The dovetails were perfect but not "pretty". I was left wanting something more. At some point, I decided to attempt hand cutting the dovetails. What a miserable failure! It was obvious I was missing something. As luck would have it, this was just about the time I went from dial-up to high speed Internet. This opened up a whole new world for me. So many resources "out there". I'm a visual learner. I need to "see" what to do. I don't read. Google was my friend and YouTube became my best buddy. Now I could see how it was done. Of course, I had to learn the hard way that not everyone on YouTube was the expert they claimed to be and there was more than one "correct" way to accomplish hand cut dovetails. Pins first, tails first, gents saw, dovetail saw, Japanese saw, line thickness, pencil, marking knife, marking gauges, spacing, chisel this way, chisel that way- so many choices! I finally settled on a single technique- marking gauge, marking knife, Japanese pull saw, tails first and sharp chisels (I'm still trying to perfect the spacing/layout to create "visually pleasing" designs). I don't have a lot of muscular coordination so accurately sawing the dovetail lines is my biggest challenge. Before making any project, I set up a practice piece and just cut, following lines to a marked depth. After a few minutes, I can usually make consistent cuts. My old Porter Cable dovetailing jig now gaters dust in a corner of the shop. It hasn't been used for years. I should sell it.
  5. Back Side

    Gorgeous cradle, Ron!
  6. Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    Awesome just doesn't seem to be saying enough! Love everything about it!
  7. Tithe Box and Shelf

    Thanks for all of the kind comments! @HandyDan Dan, Thanks! Afraid it's going to take more than craftsmanship to get me thru the Pearly Gates! @HARO50 John, Thanks! I think that page will be way in the back of the big thick folder! @olbuck Thanks! Well, it was a prayer box! @Stick486 Thank You, Stick! @Gerald Thanks, Gerald! Hope I have a couple more like in down in the wood shed. @Danl Thank You! I'm still trying to get better at the dovetails. I'd like to be able to get the pins thinner at the small point. @clhyer Thanks, Cal! They have always done the finishing on the things I've made. Unfortunately, they very seldom send a picture of the completed job. @Smallpatch Thank You! My sister is supposed to deliver it on Sunday. Hope to get some sort of reaction after that. @Gene Howe Thanks! I forgot to mention that the slot was cut on the router table in 2 passes and then the ends squared up. I originally thought about using the hollow chisel mortiser but the wild grain made the wood very brittle and I didn't want to take a chance on chipping out the exit holes.
  8. The cell phone could be like a "Sissy Bar"
  9. Aging wood

    Neat! Years ago I had the opportunity to see the office space of a building developer. The walls looked like very old weathered wood. I asked about it and the developer told me he had all of the wood sand blasted to produce the eroded grain. Not sure how they produced they weathered color. May have been "tea".
  10. Going to try and do some turnings.
  11. Club demo

    Beautiful turnings, Gerald, and getting paid!!
  12. Tithe Box and Shelf

    That board was one I had laid back for something special. Most of the board had just plain straight grain but one end was really figured. There was enough to do this box and make the bottom to the root turning.
  13. Tithe Box and Shelf

    I put a 1/4" dado around the inside perimeter of the box, 1/4" down from the top edge. Then made a rabbet around the outside of the lid panel, to fit the dado. The "depth" of the rabbet was 1/16" "deeper" than the depth of the dado. This created a shadow line around the panel between it and the sides. I did put a dab of glue, centered on the ends of the lid panel so it would stay in place keeping the shadow line consistent. In the Sketchup drawing everything fits perfect. In the real box I undersized the lid rabbet just a skosh to allow for adjustments. The bottom panel was created in the same fashion except that the bottom dado started 5/16" up from the bottom. I felt this would provide a little clearance and help the box set better. Hope that all makes sense!

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