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I did my first ones in oak... *PIC*

David Weaver
a picture is attached - by chance, I took this picture for the purpose of showing the cost of tools in japan vs. here for good used tools (the three giant slicks were about $200, probably not far off what one would expect for western slicks ).

At any rate, they're on the side of my first ever dovetails - probably from about 2006. I just didn't even know where to go to improve at the time and didn't understand that 3/4" oak was really going to be a whole lot different than poplar or pine, especially if the latter are 3/8" or 1/2".

I'm not sure that wasting some oak is a horrible idea, though - not with the expectation that you'll get perfect joints, but if you can get some that fit together, you will find poplar or pine a treat, all you have to do is cut them a bit fatter so they can compress (any such attempt with oak will lead to putting the joint together and bits splintering off).

But that's if you have the oak already. I don't make much furniture, but here are some from last year (I do very little to lay out or make dovetails neat - it's not a hard joint to make, so you get better at it just doing them and finding one thing to correct each time (not all at once, and not putting it off - improve something each set - examine what happened if things don't work out).

I don't remember ever thinking much about how to make them - sticking to a very prescriptive method just seems like a mental tax - something just happens where if they're just to tie drawers or something together (And these are covered by a moulding, anyway - all of the little nits went away once glue was introduced), you can just make them about as fast as you can physically work without getting out of control.

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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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