Anonymous20 December 2012 at 4:18 am #5295
Yesterday I cut my first successful dovetail by hand. Thought I would share this as only a woodworker could appreciate that feeling of success. All I got at the office from coworkers today was “Yeah, that’s great, did you hear about the….?”. The truly impressive part is that it’s made from two pieces of 3/4″ x 2″ white pine (very soft like balsa wood), but I can stand it up on the floor like a teepee with the dovetail joint up, and stand on it without it breaking. The co-workers weren’t even impressed by my balancing act. All 200 lbs of me (14.3 stones for our British friends) no less. Impressive joint.Anonymous20 December 2012 at 6:02 am #5297
Well done Jeff 😉Anonymous20 December 2012 at 6:30 am #5298
Way to go Jeff, it feels great no matter how many you cut. The first good ones though magic 😉Anonymous20 December 2012 at 7:55 am #5301
Thanks gents. The second practice one tonight came out better except for a slight split when fitting it.
Question for y’all: After planing the white pine I can see what can be best described as a birds eye maple kind of holographic look in the wood. You can also see a similar thing when Paul planed the wood for the tote. What is that and what’s it called? It’s quite beautiful.Anonymous20 December 2012 at 8:45 am #5303
They’re medullary rays and I agree the effect can be both striking and quite beautiful Jeff. In addition to the grain, quarter-sawn wood (Particularly oak) often displays subtle wavy patterns across the grain, as these rays spread/radiate from heart to sap wood. Flat-sawing cuts across the rays, but quarter-sawing places them on the face of the board and often makes quarter-sawn wood especially desirable for use in furniture and decorative panels. 🙂
My new year’s resolution is to cut at least one decent dovetail joint. At current rates of progress it might well take me the whole year.
Well done Jeff. Unlike your co-workers I really do appreciate your feeling of satisfaction!!!!
Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire
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