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Re: are you missing a piece of essential equipment

John Aniano in central NJ
Hi Eliot,

You mentioned that you do a fair bit of turning and have taught others to turn. Regarding perseverance, might I ask, how long did it take you to use a turning skew well enough to a) produce good work, and b) feel proficient enough to teach others? I'd venture a guess that teaching the skew didn't happen on the first day trying to use the tool! The same idea goes for dovetailed work. All everybody here is saying, practice makes perfect. Or at least good enough for "government work"...

Bill and others are absolutely correct in their suggestions - take them to heart. Use species more amenable to dovetailing such as poplar, walnut, cherry or beech. Pine is ok, but can be difficult at first, poplar is better behaved. Get or make a good marking gauge and learn to use it for dovetailing. I would add - practice sawing with your dovetailing saw - saw a row of evenly spaced kerfs to get a feel whether your saw drifts to one side or the other. If it does, either remember to compensate or fix the problem by slightly dressing the more aggressive side.

Another suggestion I would offer is to get the Ian Kirby book on dovetailing. It's a very good reference, in my opinion. After watching Frank Klaus do his 5-minute dovetails in person and him then daring the audience members to try it at home, I did. The results were fine. Not excellent, but good enough for a workbench drawer. Then I read the Kirby book and my results were markedly better. I've only made five, count them (5) dovetailed anythings in my woodworking lifetime. A couple of drawers in pine, poplar and sassafras and a box in sassafras. I have a pair of workbench drawers to make, again out of sassafras, so I'll be rereading the Ian Kirby book to get me properly primed since I do dovetails so rarely.

John

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