STL 163: The Unspoken Rules of Woodworking
Mike, Anissa, and Ben discuss Christian Becksvoort dovetailing, dovetail jigs, card scrapers, half-mortise locks, and Anissa admits to an epic smooth move
For technical reasons, we’ve moved the MP3 player to the bottom of the page. Also, due to a fairly epic smooth move on my part, the video will be released Monday, May 14th. – Ben
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I use a myriad of tools to cut my dovetails, including, a handsaw, a drillpress and a router for cleanup. What constitutes a hand-cut dovetail? Does hand cut simply mean not using a router jig or that you simply used your hand saw at some point? -Mike
- Dovetail Jigs – How to create a complex joint the easy way by Anissa Kapsales
- Chris Becksvoort, the dovetail master at work – Just another dovetail video? by Christian Becksvoort #264-Nov/Dec 2017 Issue
I use card scrapers frequently to tackle tear out, plane tracks, and mill marks. No matter how I use the card I seem to end up with fairly deep impressions, from where I put the scraper down onto the wood. I’ve tried placing the scraper very softly onto the wood, going in at different angles, etc. and I still seem to get them. What am I doing wrong? -James
Ben – Not fixing his apron and letting his marking knife hang out the bottom… thus cutting himself on it.
Anissa – Dumping an entire bottle of CA glue on a project… thus gluing a router mat to said project
Mike – Not checking his parts for square before laying out dovetails
Is there a best practice clever way to locate the strike plate for a drawer’s half mortise lock in a chest before assembly and glue up? -John
I am building a 6-ft wide Shaker-inspired chest of drawers. I’m not sure how to go about cutting the tails in the top. I have a Leigh dovetail jig, and have hand cut many dovetails as well as used the table saw to cut dovetails. I can’t seem to figure out the best way to cut these dovetails without resorting to standing on a ladder. I know that there must be a simple solution. -Bill
Rich Colvin sent us an email wondering if Mike had recently moved to Ohio based on this license plate he noticed.
Via YouTube: Gary Popa
I keep all my finishing, paints, and solvents in an old refrigerator that a neighbor gave me for free. It has plenty of shelves and a good seal.
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