Achieve flawless mastery every time
Manage to get them to come out sometimes
Managed to make a perfect set once, never repeated
They look ok after shims and gap filling
Well at least they're sturdy
An angry beaver appears to have attacked my work
This is something I'd like to attempt someday
Doing this appears to be a new level of insanity, not for me
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I also dream of a shop with north light where my hands can be busy, my soul rest and my mind wander...
"Achieve flawless mastery every time"
to instead mean:
"I'm quite good at these (even if I'm not Frank Klausz)"
As a golfer, I know all to well not to get too confident that you have it all mastered. Humble pie really has a bad after taste that lasts a long time.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” - John Ruskin
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” - Oscar Wilde
They are easy for Roy Underhill.
"Folks is funny critters."
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire
I'm a hybrid woodworker, using hand and power tools about equally. The very first set I did turned out perfect. I sure sweated that bunch, though, and it's a good thing we weren't timing it. Not since have I hit perfection, but most of them are pretty presentable. If in a rush, I cut the tails with a dovetail bit in a router table and set up a jig for the bandsaw. I've done them on the tablesaw, too, but really those methods aren't much faster than doing them by hand.
I do them by hand or a few reasons.
1. I have reached a point where mastery of skills is more important to me than production.
2. I'm adept enough that if I'm only doing a few drawers, I can get them done quickly enough to suit me.
3. I get a lot of personal satisfaction being able to say "made by hand".
That being said, if I had a production run of drawers I would do them by machine.
Recently started hand cutting dovetails. I thought my chisels were sharp enough, found out just how wrong I was. Seems I needed to go back to the stone and hone those skills first! What a huge difference in getting closer to being able to turn out something acceptable to a project.
He who laughs last, thinks slowest
I find them attractive. I use them when a client wants them. I prefer other joints when I have the choice. Like red oak furniture in the 70's (at least on the left coast) I am overloaded by them of late but, they are always an eye-catcher when showing your work. They are a skill I should improve upon if for no other reason than that those same skills translate to other joinery ;-)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke