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Advice, praise and learning curves

H Bruce McCrory
The forum saw you fishing for praise with the dovetail image. This is fine. We all like some recognition. I like how you are able be a catalyst for thought and conversation.

I am with Bill; dovetails are a functional joint, first and foremost. The best dovetail is the one no one sees. If you want them seen have a project with two boards, or turn them into starbursts. A bit extreme at both ends, but most of us think of hidden joints as something poorly made; and, that is wrong.

I have a hard time offering praise beyond the rudiments; and definitely am uncomfortable accepting it, for much the same reason. Advice is hard to address remotely, for both the instructor and student (mentor/apprentice?). I would think you have communicated sufficiently--remember your first posts on this forum?--for the forum to dispense with ill placed commendations. And, it can now focus on advice for the nitty-gritty.

On learning, you are either a natural handyman--this is a manual craft--or, clumsy like the rest of us and need to learn a bunch of tricks' usually through practice. The learning process is pretty important to most on this forum. Derek enjoys imparting his learned skills so others don't have too bumpy and frustrating a ride. We forget that he prefers the nastiest woods in the world ... simply for a handwork challenge.

So, practice. Practice, practice. Poplar is a good hardwood for that. Whale away for a month and compare first joint with latest. A month start is far better than a lifetime of the 'first'. In a year you can forget the real 'first' and claim the furniture with dovetails your first. Properly commendable.

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first hand cut tails *PIC*
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Unsolicited suggestion
Success will be assured
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are you missing a piece of essential equipment
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Kirby is how I started
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Advice, praise and learning curves
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Art, fine art, and utter messes....
I agree with what you say...however....
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Re: Peter Follansbee... *LINK*
You missed the point
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Beauty is as beauty does (in my case)
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my experience with the schools..
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Flawed
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I don't buy it...
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My situation was unique I think...
Is there a psychologist in the house?
The outer frame; the border. *NM*
Thanks for playing, Wiley :) *NM*
I don't think it matters...
The kids...
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I'm waiting for...
Correct.
Where to start a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle...
Where do you start a 1000-piece puzzle?
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said better than I did *NM*
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I don't do a lot of dovetails...
You provided some sage advice *PIC*
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yeah...
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Skew chisel *PIC*
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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*
just read bill's later post..
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Slicks and makers
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