I hate how our lives have become so perfectly curated on social media. Perfect days, perfect people, perfect projects. Well here's my protest. Installing this beautiful sapele storm door that I've been building between other jobs. Apparently working on it, setting it aside, working on it, etc wasn't a good idea. Almost 1/2" too narrow. Looks like I'll be milling sapele this afternoon. Hey Margi, I'll have the new one installed before you get back. Promise.
More dovetails. Sim wanted to make a planting box less ugly and suggested practising making this box to put around the plastic boxes. It was kind of fun to have a little project, and to have the practise go to something. It's a little embarrassing looking but after he sands and shellacs them, they'll probably look a bit better. One thing that's for sure, my dovetails are never going to improve if I don't start dimensioning my lumber! Some boards were twisted. Some cupped. Another skill to learn! . . . #notsofinewoodworking#practisemakestolerable#dovetails
Second set of dovetails. The material is thinner but I'm not sure I see an improvement. It seems that the reason they are gappy is because I can't saw accurately yet (it's way easier with the dozuki!). That and the fibres on the knife line get compressed. I think I try to take too much wood out. I tried using a coping saw but the blade was too wide. Am I supposed to use a fret saw? Full disclosure, I planed the wood, hence the slight chipout on the tails. . . #notsofinewoodworking#dovetails#learning#perseverance#practisemakestolerable
The other day, I cut my first dovetails (it's been a hectic week). Man, are they shit! So why am I posting four pics of them? To show just how shit they are, and because I'm actually proud of them! I'm proud because I was finally able to let go of perfection and just try it. The pieces of pine are definitely twisted (you can even tell by the knife line-totally out of square!), but I didn't care. Didn't even bother dimensioning them and straightening the edges. Just went for it. And.... It holds. It's functional. It's not pretty. But it's a joint. And that's a start! . . . #notsofinewoodworking#dovetails#babysteps#practisemakesperfect
I know. I was supposed to practise just straight lines with the western saw. But the dozuki is easier to cut with, so I just went for it and tried my first set of dovetails. What I forgot is that the kerf is so fine that it's hard to get a coping saw in there. So it was a mallet and chisel, and it wasn't so bad! Technically, this isn't a set of dovetails. It's just the tails. This was my lunch break, so I didn't have time for both. They're a bit rough, shall I just leave them as is or pare to the line? .
The bench is in situ in the shop, so I decided to start practising cutting to my line before I embark on building the Dutch tool chest. I got some pine scraps and started marking and cutting. Not pleased with the errant saw line, but happy to have a place to work on it. I like woodworking not so much for the satisfaction of making a piece and knowing it's mine, but more for the tactile aspect of it and just using my hands. I can see that a major aspect of woodworking is precision, and, as you can see, it's definitely a challenge for me. I'm looking forward to improving. I think it will sharpen my skills in the shop and out. . . . #notsofinewoodworking#sawing#practise#tikihutworkshop#workfromhome
Here's a more comprehensive tour of the bench's current state. Finally, this project, seven years in the making, is at an end, more or less, and I can get started learning the basics of woodworking. The mistakes in the bench were mine, the solutions were Matthew's, but ultimately, I feel content that most of the work was my own. The top and body are pine (unfortunately the stretchers are laminated pine - I had to swap them out because I ran into problems). The wedges in the long stretchers are mahogany, as are the vice jaws, which is purely aesthetic and what was lying around in the shop. The vice has a scrap of purple leather to protect work, and it's subtly funky. The bench will live outside, and in addition to the coffee stain and shellac (brilliant for hiding my mistakes!), I'll be applying some Danish oil (the tongue oil will mitigate mould), though I'm open to suggestions. We only drilled a few dog holes in the centre but for now they should be enough for the hold-fasts and this cool shop jig I'll post later. The planing stop is made of a scrap of the laminated pine. I can't wait to start learning and put it to work! In the meantime, Liam enjoyed crawling on it, testing the bench for flatness, and making sure it's smooth enough for a baby's skin
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Uh Oh. Not what you want to see before you fit your final joints. Somehow I'd mis-measured. The solution was to add a cute piece of red oak I found laying around the shop. Seems to have worked and made my workbench slightly more quirky. Mistakes are humbling and educational. Both are important. . . #uglybenchbuild#notsofinewoodworking#roubo#womeninwoodworking#benchbuild