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    dovetails

    So it's been several months since I made any dovetails, and I decided to make a box or few, as I have a friend with a 50th birthday coming up - no worries he doesn't read this.

    It is awful how awful I've gotten. Seems like I'm starting all over again. Like the musician said when asked how to get to Carnegie Hall "practice practice practice"

    No pics. Too ashamed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post

    No pics. Too ashamed.
    Besides, No Pics, didn't happen
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    Dove tails - help a dove stay in flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    Dove tails - help a dove stay in flight.
    Drew, I don't think you're getting enough sleep.
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    You are right, they are not like riding a bike that once you learn you never forget.

    One loose the knack of them very soon. That reminds me that I've got to start cutting dovetails again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    You are right, they are not like riding a bike that once you learn you never forget.

    One loose the knack of them very soon. That reminds me that I've got to start cutting dovetails again.
    I think I am a little odd in that regard. In some things I do, I perform really well cold, then get worse for a while before I can match my initial effort. Happens all the time when I golf, first swings are perfect and then things get a little shaky before I regroup. I blame my tendency to think about the process and then "tinker" (meaning: adjust) with it.

    Early last summer, I decided at the last minute to build a traveling toolcase before a woodworking class. I quickly cut out the dovetails before I had time to think about the process and they were perfect. A little more time to think about it and I would have really screwed them up. I will commit to posting pictures before Don or one of deputies call me on it.

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    That could well be because when you are cold you are more relaxed and get anxious or nervous the more you work on them.
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    Well, the good news is that I did some more, and the knack is back. I'll post pictures later.

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    Here are some pictures of a smallish box I'm making for my friend. It's about 9 inches long. Cherry and birdseye maple. The bottom is bookmatched. The quarter is for scale of the dovetails. Few coats of shellac, more to come.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails box 3-4b small.jpg   box close-up small.jpg   box bottom small.jpg  

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    nice job ken,, and the tails look fine to me
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