I am making the
drawers for the bed side tables. These are hand cut
dovetail drawers. I wanted to put the slenderness of these
chisels to the test, so I am making Houndstooth half blinds at 7
to 1 ratio.
That makes the small
pins very fragile and easy to fracture. The chisels were
great and held an edge... they were immediate favorites and I
used them to pare and also to chop using a medium carvers mallet
with a light touch. To make things more difficult one edge
is a half overlay front so the saw stroke is really limited.
This is almost only possible with a pull saw, so the lip is not
scared with the forward push strokes. It is an advanced
dovetail, but the same techniques are used as for regular half
blinds. I don't suggest anyone try these to start with,
but in a short while , with practice it is very manageable.
The chisels are
perfect for dovetails, period! I added my 1/16" Two
Cherries and a coupe of wide Japanese chisels for the long
stretches on the pin board. They are comfortable and even
with these tiny dovetails were in control and a real pleasure to
use. I have many different chisels and these are the best
I found so far for fine joinery.
The drawer making process starts with stock preparation. Drawer
sides are resawn, drum sanded, cut to length with a
sled. The results are dead square... there is no need to shoot
for squareness. The lap is cut to depth on the sled and finished
on the bandsaw and trimmed with a large shoulder plane.