Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The saga of learning to make dovetail joints

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Once upon a time, there was a woman who woodworked. She made some prototype shelves and wanted them to be better.

She spent a lot of time researching woodworking techniques and decided that dovetail joints were the way forward.

She watched some tutorials on Youtube, all by men who were experienced woodworkers. They made it look very easy to do and the finish was beautiful and just what she wanted for her handmade shelving.


 
The woman who woodworked bought some secondhand and new tools and put some of her school maths into action to work out the angles needed.

 
Then she began to practice. She soon realised that it was quite hard to do, nowhere near as easy as it looked on the tutorials.
 
She soon realised that she was NOT a natural when it came to being able to saw. In fact, it took her forever and she was very bad at it.
 
She perservered, as she wasn't a quitter.

 
 
After many, many, many failed attempts (left hand side of above photo) she finally ended up with one dovetail joint which didn't fall apart in her hands.
 
She was so pleased with herself she had a drink of wine to celebrate.

 
Then she looked closer at the joint and thought about how long it had taken, how many were needed for each shelf and at the actual size of the gaps.
 
She researched some more and then bought a dovetail jig and router, which do the job perfectly for her.
 
The end.
 
And, the moral of the story is, know when you are beaten and as this is destabled, when to stop flogging a dead horse.
 
Although that saying is actually very mean!