The harmony of dovetails

I cut these dovetails yesterday from mahogany and oak. Such simple saw cuts split the fibers to separate the waste from the wanted and tails remain. The second I trace, each with the knife’s point, and then, again, the knife, the chisel and the saw cuts define the remaining shape until two unmarried parts become joined inextricably, irrevocably, […]

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Eye-ball dovetails

Just to follow up on yesterday’s post re hand cutting dovetails, which I eye-balled with no measuring, no jigs, no gauges using only a dovetail saw, coping saw, chisel and chisel hammer, knife and combination square. 16 minutes total including demoing and talking about dovetailing options. The more you rely on your eyes, the more […]

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3-day Foundational Course—day 2

We made good progress yesterday and this morning we will learn about the Bailey-Pattern No4 and No 4 1/2 smoothing plane, the smallest of the practical range of planes we call bench planes. Bench planes are used at the woodworker’s bench and they are used in a wide range of woodworking crafts. At one time […]

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Chisel hammer with COP!

  That’s what in the USA they call a certain spot on a baseball bat and in the UK a cricket bat when you strike the ball and there is no shock travelling down the handle. It’s the sweet spot if you will. Centre of percussion (COP) is identified on tools too, especially tools like […]

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3-Day Foundational Course Part 1 Day 1

Great day all day! We got straight into the essentials of sharpening first. If you don’t master sharpening you don’t want to start woodworking by hand. The most core essential skill to hand tool woodworking is the ability to sharpen tools surgically sharp and to do it quickly and efficiently.  Equally so, you must be able […]

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Restoring saws: project 1 part 2

Here is John Winter’s completely restored saw project. He has kept the same basic shape for the saw handle, but further refined the grip to fit his own hand. He has completed both saws and sharpened them as rip-cut saws because they have different sized teeth. It’s a good idea because he can use one […]

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